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Six Awesome Ways to Customize your Briar Tee

Hi everyone!  I’m back with another inspiration post for this month’s Project #SewMyStyle garment.  In June, we’re making the Briar Tee and Sweater by Megan Nielsen.  This looks like such an awesome basic pattern, and I love how many options there are for it!  I know our friends in the Southern Hemisphere are welcoming winter (sorry, y’all), so it must be nice for them to have something with a sweater version.  As always, I’m bringing you suggestions for all different skill levels.  I hope you find something that speaks to you!  And if you don’t, head over to my Briar Tee Pinterest board — all these images and more are there.

Customize Your Briar Tee

Ringer Tee

This is such a simple way to do your Briar tee, but is so on trend!  Just make your neckband out of a contrasting fabric.  Stash busting, anyone?  You can add some hem bands to the sleeves to really complete the look.

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I love that patches are making a comeback!  I remember when I was little (like, four or five) going to JoAnn’s and picking out patches for my mom to iron on my overalls.  The height of fashion, I know.  I also remember that those patches were ALWAYS falling off.  Luckily, I know you have a sewing machine ;).  Stitch around the edges with your machine or a sharp hand needle to keep them there for eternity.  I’ve curated a list of a whole bunch of patches on Etsy, but here are a few of my favorites!

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Cocktail / gold dust / GRL PWR / taco truck / Ron Swanson / sewing machine / field and forest / moms club

Fun Prints

I feel like summer is an excuse for us all to be a little more childlike and silly.  A crazy print for your shirt is definitely one way to regain some childlike wonder!

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At this point, no one should be surprised that embroidery made this list!  If you choose a heavier weight knit (because this pattern does call for some stretch), you may be able to add some gorgeous embroidery.  Some of the awesome shirt embroidery making the rounds has been from Tessa Perlow — her designs are maybe a little too intricate to finish for this month’s project, but they’re a great place to start!

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Fun Pocket

An embroidered pocket is a great way to ease yourself into embroidery if a big ol’ floral swath just isn’t your thing.  A few little flowers on the pocket, or a cheeky cat sticking out of the top?  Love it!  And if that’s still not you, how about a pocket in a contrasting fabric?

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Vinyl/Painted Design

The head Briar honcho Megan herself seems to love a painted Briar!  There are two easy ways to paint or attach your own design to a Briar, but one of them involves special equipment.  If you have a cut machine like a Cricut or Silhouette, you can design or download something awesome and print it out on heat transfer vinyl.  Pro tip — look around at your local libraries and see if one of them has a cut machine!  A couple in my area do.  No machine?  No problem.  I’ll be back later this month to teach you how to make your own paint stencil from freezer paper!

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Do you have any exciting plans for your own Briar tee?  I can’t wait to add another tee shirt pattern to my stash!  Let me know in the comments what you’re planning to do!

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