I'm sure all of you noticed a trend on all my Instagram: T-shirts. I love the feel and fit of a basic t-shirt, however they are just too casual for where I work. So I decided to dress it up a bit, and I challenged myself to make a different variation on a t-shirt everyday for a week, just to see what I could come up with. I didn't buy any fabric for this project, I just used what I had in my stash!
Here's a quick "how to" for the most basic form of the t-shirts I've been making. I'll have another post later on the patterning I did to create all the fun variations from this last week, as well as a modified version for woven (non-stretch) fabrics later on! This tutorial works best for knits and other fabrics that have a bit of stretch.
Step 1: Grab a favorite t-shirt or one with a fit that you really like.
Step 2: Lay your old shirt on top of your fabric or paper (if you are making a pattern that you can reuse), along the fold like this.
Step 3: Cut or trace around the t-shirt, leaving about '5/8-1' seam allowance as you cut. If you're nervous about potentially cutting your old shirt, use a pencil or some marking chalk to draw around the shirt first. (The pink lines represent the tracing around the shirt)
Step 4: Repeat the top step for the back of the shirt. (Blue lines are the tracing of the back)
Step 5: Place the two pieces together and sew along the shoulder seams. (Orange lines are where you will sew)
Step 6: Sew side seams together (once again, the orange lines).
Step 7: Neckline
This is my favorite tutorial for a t-shirt neck band, so, instead of re-inventing the wheel, click here to access the tutorial.
Here's the equation if you already get the general gist of it.
Neckline x .15 =X (Total neckline)-X = the length of fabric you need for neckline
Step 8: Hems
You will be finishing your sleeve edges and the bottom of your shirt. I recommend using a double needle to finish off your shirt, as it's easy and looks professional. You can use this fabulous tutorial for detailed instructions!