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Necklines to Hemlines, T-shirt Remakes

Doesn’t it make you so proud when you finish an embroidery project and are amazed at the results? That’s how I feel every time I remake a t-shirt with the designs Nancy Zieman and I have created for any our neckline collections.  I’ve made dozens of these shirts over the years – and taught hundreds of embroiderers how to do it. So many Designs in Machine Embroidery customers, blog readers and Sewing with Nancy viewers have asked for more neckline fashions that allow them to transform their wardrobe the way they want. So Nancy and I listened! We just released another collection, Necklines to Hemlines, T-shirt Remakes.neckhembl

This collection is a bit different than the previous ones because we’ve included designs for hemlines and the center back neck. With the popularity of free-flowing tunics in ready-wear, we felt the time was right to offer designs to decorate the whole garment – not just the neckline.  Necklines to Hemlines features larger designs split into two 5” x 7” hoopings or one hooping in a 6” x 10” hoop. The larger designs are scaled for women of all sizes.lilyfoldedbl

Two of the groupings, the Rita and Lilly have eyelets while the Zoe is just a slit opening at the neckline.  You’ll still find sleeve (for right and left placement) and side seam designs..

The Rita


The Lilly


The Zoe


Of course, the designs come with complete instructions – 18 pages of instructions on how to stabilize, hoop, stitch and finish the garment. You’ll find everything you need to be successful with remaking a simple tunic or t-shirt. ritamodelbl

Here’s a question for you: If you won a copy of Necklines to Hemlines what shirt would you stitch first, the Rita, Zoe or Lilly? Leave a comment and we’ll pick a random winner to recive Necklines to Hemlines free of charge.  You never know, it could be your lucky day!




  • Belinda Germain

    Lily is my favorite!

    • Barbara

      I love the Lily

    • Jan Bowlin

      I would have to stitch the Zoe on something, that is my grandaughter’s name!

  • Donna

    I love the Zoe!

  • Harriett adams

    I love the rita!

  • Linda

    LI’ve the lily and v would love designs also for young adults. My daughter loves to do this without embroidery bUT with leather.

  • Chris Vick

    I have several plain, so dull t-shirts just screaming at me to put some pizz-zazz on them and this set is just what I need to do it!

  • Melanie Headu

    I love them all!

  • Rita

    Rita, since that’s my name.Neat idea, sure dresses up those tee shirts.

  • Desiree

    I love the tunic in the picture and own a similar one. So I would embroider the Rita design first – Love it!

  • Allison Priputin

    it would be the lily!!

  • Linda

    Rit is my favorite!

  • Dina Salsbery

    The Lily!

  • Emma O

    Beautiful designs! I think my favorite is Rita.

  • Sue Cubberley

    Love them all, but would start with the Rita.

  • Lynda Case

    I love the Lily

  • June

    I would start with the Lilly

  • Lynda Case

    I really like the look of the Lily

  • Lynda Case

    These designs are great. The Lily is my favorite

  • Sharon Thomas

    Rita! I love those designs.

  • Sandra Cunningham

    The Rita really captured my attention and I can see it in a lot of colorways! What a great idea.

  • Sandy Szucs

    I like the Lilly.

  • Jennifer Ryninger

    I would stitch Rita!

  • Nancy

    Rita is so classic looking. Can’t wait to use it.

  • Shirley Clark

    I think the Lily, but they are all pretty. I really have a hard time finding a good neckline on a shirt for myself so these would really help. I have a lot of scaring from tongue cancer surgery. Most of the lady’s shirts have the biggest necklines, which I hate. So I need to start adjusting my own. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Sandra Sanders

    I love the Lilly design!!! The leave just speak to me!!!!!

  • Michelle Hall

    I think I would start with the Zoe but I would have to do all of them pretty quickly

  • Barb

    Oh, the Rita!! Hands down is my first choice. The difficulty will be picking the color combinations. I love paisley.

  • Cynthia S

    I would probably start with Rita, but they all are pretty.

  • Norma

    I will start with the Lilly. Beautiful work!!

    • Pauline

      Oh ! I love Lilly !!! So pretty 🙂

  • tracey

    Love the Rita designs- paisley is my favorite embroidery element for embellishment!

  • Francine Meyer-Drasutis

    My 1st would be the Rita. It is beautiful. But while that was stitching out I would be getting the Zoe ready to stitch next.

  • Roni Lubliner

    MINE is ruta

  • Becky

    I like the Lilly. I would love to try this on reworking a turtleneck tshirt and also on reworking a tshirt that shrinks too short and I could add fabric and the hemline design. So many options.

  • Phylis Wright

    The Rita. Got a shirt that it would look great on!

  • Ellen

    I love the Zoe

  • Monica

    The first one I will make is “The Rita.”

  • Chris House


  • Marie Paxson

    Rita, definitely Rita!

  • Thurma Livingston-Morrison

    The Lily! Definitely!!

  • Nancy Weber

    I love the retro look of the Zoe.

  • Joanne Brice

    The Rita is my fave, but the Lilly is a close second. I realli enjoy these makeovers. Wear the one from the cruise all the time.

  • Betty Burkart

    That’s a hard one, but I think I like the Rita best. But they are are great!

  • Vicky

    The Rita!!!!!
    Thanks for such great designs.

  • RUTH F

    I would do Rita for myself, Lily for my Mom, and Zoe for my daughter. Such different personalities but we would be able to have our shirts in common.

  • Linda P

    Lily. I like them all!

  • Erma

    It would hard to choose. They are all beautiful. If I have to choose it would probably be the Rita. I love paisley.

  • susan james

    th rita. have been wanting to try this project. i think it would br beautifu;.

  • Julie Yacono


  • Melissa Dunn

    Lily first, but all of them!

  • Cathy Ervin

    definitely the Rita…the design reminds me of a Zentangle pattern!

  • Judy Heindel


  • Peggy

    I love these. But Rita would be my first. I love Paisley. Very pretty. And I have that Grey Tunic!

  • Sara Redner

    Definitely Lilly but I love them all.

  • Natacha Shotts

    They are all beautiful, but I like the Zoe the best

  • Sharon

    I like them all, but I would do the Rita first.

  • Dwen

    Lilly’s my pick

  • Helen Murtagh

    I love them all, but the Lily would be my first stitchout

  • Gillian Dickinson

    Love them all but I think my first stitch out of many would be Rita. Thanks for the opportunity to win 🙂

  • Shari K.

    I would start with The Lily. thanks!

  • judy

    I would want to try all of them, but Rita would be my first choice. I have seen these at DIME events and really like them!

  • Sallyann

    Definitely the Lilly!

  • June Perreault

    They are all nice, but probably the Rita.

  • Lori

    The first to be stitched would be the Rita, paisleys and eyelets what’s not to love.

  • CJ

    Love these! I’d start with Zoe

  • Martha

    Love the Lily and the grey tunic!

  • Donna Shanks

    My favorite is the Rita

  • Sally

    Rita is my favorite design, but all are very nice.

  • Mary S

    Since this is new for me, I will try the Rita

  • Diane S.

    I think I would start with the zoe.

  • Leslie Gardner

    I love the Zoe!

  • Kim Fisher

    I would start with Zoe quickly followed by Lily

  • Ashley

    I love them all, but I think I would try the Zoe first!

  • Kelly Sasman

    Zoe for sure. I’d then be making the others as they all are amazing!

  • Carol

    They are all beautiful. My favorite would have to be “The Rita”! Thank you for the chance to win this package!

  • Jocelyn Crosby

    The Lilly, It is my Mom’s name and she passed away in 2009

  • Susan T

    I can’t get enough of paisley so The Rita would be my choice.

  • Patty

    Zoe for sure – I love paisleys!

  • Pat Baker

    I love all three, but I think I would start with the Lilly!

  • Deb McKerrow

    I love the Lily, but the Zoe is a close second. Last night, I met friends that I had not seen in a long time. I wore one of my shirts that I made from your last collection. I have to say, my shirt was the hit of the party! I am so excited you have made more designs. I can’t wait to get started on these!

  • Paula

    The Zoe. I have several friends named Zoey.

  • Vicki L

    I love the Rita!

  • Kathleen H

    The Rita!

  • Lili

    Zoe would be awesome, on the tunic I will serge!!

  • Marti Morgan

    The Lilly and the source for that cool tunic t-shirt, please.

  • Donna G.

    All are lovely, but I’d do the Zoe first. Very nice collection!

  • Kim G

    Love the Rita but all 3 designs are great.

  • Jeannie

    I like them all, but, the Rita is quite festive for this time of year.

  • Karen S

    I like them all. I think I would do the Rita first. Thanks

  • Elaine Davis

    All are lovely, but I like the Rita best. 🙂

  • Joy Teague

    They are all very pretty, but I think I would stitch Rita first.

  • Angie Perryman

    I’d have to go with the Zoe… to begin with! 🙂

  • Marcia Lander

    I like Rita very much!

  • Annette Hammer

    The Rita.Looks beautiful.Was my sisters name and just as beautiful as the person she was

  • Teresa Niwinska

    The Lilly is my favorite.

  • Kathy

    I’d pick the Rita, but I love them all.

  • Janet

    The Zoe, love it!

  • Shelley Fine

    The Zoe! Reminds me of my “hippie” daze!!!!

  • joan

    It would be the Zoe, for sure!

  • judy kierstead

    Rita really is my favorite.

  • MonicaAD

    The Lilly … FIESTA

  • Dean

    The Zoe!!!

  • MD

    I love ❤️ them all!!!

  • irene

    the Rita , and lily are a toss up, but i want to know where to get that tunic top to put the designs on.!

  • Kathy Kellner

    I like them all, but I’d make the lily first.

  • lisa allred

    I love the lilly. I’d love to have these designs!

  • Patricia Oishi

    Rita, of course! That was my mom’s name and is my daughter’s name!

  • Joan Shriver

    Most definitely, the Rita, but would like to know where you got the shirt, also.

  • Rebecca Mattox

    The Lilly catches my eye. I’ve use the first group that you did many times.

  • Jane Ruhl

    My favorite is Lilly! Pick me!

  • Debra Wilson

    Definitely the Zoe-like the lack of eyelets

  • Sandy Hagness

    I like all of them, but The Rita is my favorite. I like the idea of having embroidery at the back neckline as well.

  • Pam Slaughter

    The first design in my hoop would be the Rita!

  • Vicky

    Rita. I am kind of obsessed with paisley.

  • Cindy Amend

    I would stitch the Lilly.

  • Nancy

    The Rita design is my first choice.

  • Chris

    I love the look of the Rita…very versatile…tks for a chance to win.

  • Melinda

    I would start with Zoe.

  • Jackie

    I like the Rita best

  • Kris Blakla

    I like Rita

  • Becky M

    My favorite is the Rita.

  • Norma Andrews

    I would have to do Zoe! It looks less complicated for a first try.

  • Marlene Roles

    They are all very special designs and I can think of many places I can use all or sections of them! Your magnetic hoops, designs and information are very helpful….I have gained so much embroidery knowledge from you, your magazine and internet site. Thank you!

  • Sharon Kohli

    I love the Rita . It looks sooooo beautiful ,and you can do so much with it. I love all the pinks you done it in. Just love it.

  • Bruce

    Great collection! I love them all, Im so amazed, what a great talent. Great Job!