The above was the inspiration for sewing my faux leather embellished top and when I later saw some PVC fabric in Cleggs that had a quilted look texture I was sold at $5 for a 20cm strip. The following tutorial is how I got the look. It is a really simple embellishment, but I’ve had a tonne of complements on my finished top and the result is pretty polished if I do say so myself.
First decide how big you want your shoulder embellishment and, once settled on a design, trace off a new pattern piece using the T-shirt front pattern piece as a template. Then added a seam allowance to the bottom edge. I use a 1cm allowance when I am using my overlocker to do the seaming. If you decide to do this don’t forget to trim the pattern seam allowance as Sewaholic uses a 1.5 cm seam allowance. Otherwise add whatever you are comfortable sewing with.
Then use your new pattern piece to cut out two pieces of your PVC making sure to match the pattern – it doesn’t need to be completely matching or symmetrical but it mustn’t be so different that the effect is jarring.
Then with the PVC placed face down and upside down, sew the bottom edge of the shoulder embellishment to the shoulder on your T-shirt front, taking care to be even with your placement on both sides. Flip the PVC upwards and check for symmetry.
Then sew/overlock your shoulder seam as normal with the PVC sandwiched between the front and back pieces. I was careful not to use pins when I was sewing as that would leave permanent holes in the PVC, but paper clips work almost as well.
And voila your PVC shoulder patch is in place and the rest of your top constructed as per the instructions.
I found that due to the bulk the PVC added to the seam, the neck band had to be topstitched to the seam allowance, but I found this result to be surprisingly elastic and really added to the look of the top so it all worked out peachy in the end.