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T-Shirt with Cutwork Embroidery
For this project, we took a ready-made T-shirt and transformed it with the help of cutwork embroidery.

We used the design Rose Cutwork Lace for the mega hoop (6" x 10").
A black T-shirt with cutwork embroidery around the neckline


You will need :
  • embroidery threads, either polyester or rayon - choose colors to your taste,
  • a V-neck T-shirt of any color and size;
  • a piece of cotton fabric large enough to be hooped, color of your choice, (we used navy blue);
  • a piece of either silk or polyester organza, large enough to be hooped, color of your choice, (we used black);
  • small sharp scissors;
  • iron;
  • #12 universal needle.
Before you start embroidery, make a print-out of the design and check whether it fits the neckline of your T-shirt.
Embroidery:
Make a sandwich of water-coluble mesh (1-2 layers), organza and fabric. Hoop it tightly. We recommend to wrap the long sides of the inner frame with strips of muslin. After you hoop the stabilized fabric, you can also pin the edges of the fabric to the muslin strips. This will help to hold all 3 layers in place.
The long sides of the embroidery frame wrapped with strips of muslin.

Upload the file Rose Cutwork Lace into your embroidery machine. Start embroidering. The first color will embroider the outline of the design.
Take the hoop from the machine. DO NOT UNHOOP! With a pair of sharp scissors cut away the fabric (ONLY the fabric!) around the outline, inside the outline and around the floral motifs. Take care not to cut through the organza and stabilizer layers.
The fabric cut around and inside the outlines.

Return the hoop to the machine and finish embroidering.
Finished stitch-out still in the hoop.
Cut away the excess stabilizer and wash away the remainder. It's a good idea to leave the stitch-out to soak in a bowl of water for some time, change the water several times.

Leave to air dry.

Press, if needed.
A stitch-out of the design on a piece of organza.

Assembly:
Cut away the excess organza around the stitch-out, leaving 1/2"-1" margins.
the excess organza is cut away around the stitch-out, 1/2"-1" margins are left

Prepare the V-neck T-shirt.
A black T-shirt with V-neck.
Position the stitch-out over the V-neck. You can play around with the position of the lace.

In our case only a small part of the upper edge protrudes above the V-neck.
Position the stitch-out over the V-neck.

Pin the lace in place.
Pin the lace around the V-neck

Using the same thread with which you made the embroidery, topstitch the lace to the T-shirt along the inner edge of the lace. After the pins are removed, using not a dense zig-zag, stitch again along the outer edges.
Stitching the lace to the T-shirt.
With a pair of sharp scissors, cut away the remaining organza around the lace edges.
A black T-shirt with the lace attached to the neckline.

A black T-shirt with the blue cutwork embroidery
Have fun!
A black T-shirt with the blue cutwork embroidery
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