This project is for knit
fabric only. You will need about 1.5 yard of knit fabric.
Find a favorite fitted t-shirt you want to copy.
Fold the T-shirt in half and trace around the t-shirt with a
pencil onto tracing paper. Title your pattern "Knit T-shirt" CUT 2 on FOLD
for Front & Back." Mark on your pattern FOLD LINE where it should be.
IF your t-shirt is the longer sleeve and you
want it shorter just shorten the sleeve on the pattern. Make sure you
include the sleeve when making your pattern. We are only making one pattern
piece to be used as your front and your back. The sleeves are included in
the pattern piece and will not be sewn on separate.
(Mine have the summer shorter sleeve which is
the look I was going for.)
Pin and cut out two on fold.
Once they are cut out you will have a front and a back for your t-shirt.
Place front and back pieces
pretty sides together and pin at shoulder seams.
When working with knit fabric
the shoulder seam can stretch out of place. Add a strip of twill tape to
the shoulder seam then stitch a 1/4" seam allowance making sure you catch
the twill tape.
working with knit fabric you need to have a very small zigzag stitch
so that the fabric and seam stretch with movement. A regular straight
stitch can rip or break when movement is made.
Pin side seams pretty sides
together and stitch 1/4" seam allowance.
If need be trim shoulder seams
and side seams.
Unlike a cotton seam finish
where the seams are zigzagged separate, the knit
seam finish is done by zigzagging the seams
together as shown in the photo.
Double fold bottom 1/4" for
hem. Stitch in place.
At this point your t-shirt is
done but let's add some embellishments.
To make the gathered piece of
fabric for an embellishment cut a piece of fabric 1.5 inches by 10
Baste the strip of fabric down
the middle keeping your threads long and do not back-tack. Pull one thread
to gather the fabric.
Pin the gathered strip in
place centering it on the front neckline. Stitch in place making sure you
do not stitch the back also.
Eight year old Lily made a
"Copy Your Tee-Shirt" project from
knit fabric using our directions.
It's easy to embellish on knit fabric. Since knit fabric
does not fray, just cut the fabric in strips of circles and sew on just
like Lily did. How adorable!
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