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La Maison Victor Odette hacked into shoulder pad t-shirt

La Maison Victor Odette hacked into a shoulder pad t-shirt

My go-to pattern for t-shirts is the Odette top from La Maison Victor. I already sewed many versions of this beautiful basic. In this blog you can read how I hacked the Odette into a t-shirt with shoulder pads. These shoulder pad t-shirts are currently trending. My aim was to make one with a subtle shoulder.

I mainly used my bernette 64 AIRLOCK to make this top.

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After making two versions I fine-tuned the pattern, I would like to share the steps to turn your Odette top into a shoulder padd t-shirt. One with a beautifully finished facing on the inside.

The pattern

The fabric

I made the first version of the Odette hack with a Punta di Roma stretch fabric. A nice fabric to work with and because of the print it doesn’t need anything else. For the second version I had plain jersey fabric in mind and thought it would be nice to add something extra. Like some small pleats on the shoulder.

The pleats

At the shoulder I added again 4 cm to the hacked pattern and placed two small pleats, each 1 cm deep. I only did this on the front. The back piece remains as it was.

The marks are 2 cm apart. Folded they create a 1 cm deep pleat.

The construction

After sewing the shoulder and side seams I first finished the neckline.

Then it’s time for the shoulder pads in this Odette hack. The pads are enclosed in a facing on the inside and fixed by hand stitching. Like this:

Inside out

Subtle shoulders

The threads

All seams in this shoulder pad t-shirt are sewn with the overlocker. Seraflock from Mettler that I used is ideal for stretch fabrics. Seraflock is a soft and supple overlock thread and is elastic. For top stitching I used the Seralon thread, also by Mettler. The colours I chose match very well with the pink fabric, making it very easy to finish the top neatly.

I hope the explanation of the Odette hack was clear. Otherwise let me know in the comments below. My shoulder pad t-shirts are ready for summer! Bring out the sun!






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  • Marilyn Winograd EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    I am so impressed by the thoughtful planning involved in adding the shoulder pads.  Once planned and hacks/patterns made, the same process can be used in similar ways. The top is so cute and trendy.  Love the added pleats.

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