Friday, June 3, 2011

Anthropologie Flower Tee

Finally, I know.  I saw this tshirt and absolutely loved it.  The thing that I loved the most about it, however, was the fact that I could easily make it myself.



To make this shirt, start with a plain black tshirt.  (Mine was a 97 cent GAP outlet find from 5 years ago.)  I thought seriously about buying every single one they had, but for some reason I stuck with just one.  Poor decision.  :( 
Gather fabric scraps in 4 different shades of gray, black, and white.  I used an old black camisole that had paint on it, off-white fleece from who-knows-where, gray jersey material left over from a pillow I made for a coworker (I will post about that later....) and some gray fabric I used for a pencil skirt at one point.

Take your fabric and fold it in half. With a pen, trace petal shapes in three different sizes on your fabrics.  (It's up to you how much of each color you want.  I made a few more than I was planning on using so that I could adjust to my liking when I put them on the shirt.)  The longer petals should be about 10 inches long, the medium-sized petals about 6.5 inches, and the small ones 5 inches.

When you cut them out, you should get two identical shapes (this is why you folded the fabric in half first.  Stitch the two pieces together, leaving the flat end open.  

Flip the petals right-side out so that the seams are hidden.  There is no need to close the end, as they will be covered on the shirt.

Now, just place the petals (starting with the larger ones) in a flower shape on the shirt.  Once you have an idea where you want everything placed, sew the larger petals down first, then layer the smaller ones on top. Cut out about 5 circles (about 2.5 inches in diameter) and sew them over the ragged edges.  Your shirt should now look something like this:

And the inside:  (kind of looks like one hot mess, but that's okay.  Nobody can see the inside of your shirt.  And in case you can't tell, I didn't always get along with the bobbin on this project.)


  1. Wow! Great work!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. that looks sooo cute!! you did a really good job!

  3. I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

    Come strut your stuff.

  4. Discovered your blog & landed on the post where you transformed the GAP dress that was 20 sizes too big. That was sooooo fabulous! Just wanted to mention that you could use fusible interfacing next time and have much less work. Just fuse the fabric to the interfacing, cut out the petals, fuse to the shirt and topstitch. Easier than cutting two petals of each, sewing together, flipping rightside out, etc. Also, it reduces the bulk on the shirt :>)

  5. This looks amazing! Very talented!