Our newest men’s DIY Kit features the Check, our 2014 Stencil of the Year. The shirt is shown here worked in reverse appliqué, but there are various ways to work this stencil, including negative reverse appliqué and outside reverse appliqué, along with a variety of other techniques found in the Alabama Chanin Studio Book series.

The body of the shirt is our popular men’s classic T-shirt which has long been a unisex favorite. However, this top can be easily adapted to a women’s T-shirt – pattern and instructions for which are found in Alabama Studio Sewing + Design.


The embellishment of the design itself does not have to be elaborate, so the pattern can fit into a masculine wardrobe or, when embroidered, the design is much more delicate and is perfectly paired with women’s jeans (or any skirt, for that matter).

When ordering, specify the color of choice along with sleeve length: sleeveless, short, or long.



DIY Men’s Check T-Shirt Kit

Basic sewing supplies: embroidery scissors, pins, needles, and Alabama Studio Sewing + Design, which includes all necessary instructions for construction and/or embellishment.

Follow the instructions for reverse appliqué and T-shirt construction in Alabama Studio Sewing + Design. When sewing the sleeves and side seams, make sure to sew to the shoulder seams first and then add the sleeves and sew the side seams for a perfect fit.



Fabric weight – 100% organic medium-weight cotton jersey fabric
Fabric color top layer – Light Grey
Fabric color back layer – Natural
Textile paint – Pearl Grey
Button Craft thread – Cream #256
Stencil – Check
Treatment – Reverse appliqué
Knots – Inside
Seams – Inside felled
Binding stitch – Cretan

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