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The Bohemian Hippie Chick Look

Copy Your Clothes: DIY Tutorial on How to Make a Fitted T-shirt from knit fabric with Some Flair!

Here's how to make these looks from our Hippie Chick. You can make the headband, draw-string skirt, and adorable t-shirt.

Learn to make this adorned, fitted t-shirt made with jersey fabric. You will learn sewing techniques to work with knit and how to trace a pattern from your favorite shirt! 

Learn to make this adorable knit t-shirt. Just copy it from another t-shirt and it's quick and easy to sew.

 
 
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Learn to sew a t-shirt by first tracing a t-shirt that already fits you. This project is for knit fabric only. You will need about 1.5 yard of knit fabric.

Let's make the pattern. Find a favorite fitted t-shirt you want to copy.

Fold your t-shirt in half and then trace around it onto tracing paper. 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.)

Make your own t-shirt from knit fabric by tracing a t-shirt you already have to create a pattern. Pin and cut out two on fold. Once they are cut out you will have a front and a back for your t-shirt.
Pin the knit fabric front and back pieces together at the shoulder seams. Place front and back pieces pretty sides together and pin at shoulder seams.
When working with knit fabric the shoulder seams will stretch out of place so make sure you add some type of cotton tape to each shoulder seam. 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.
Pin and stitch up the side seams of the knit t-shirt. When 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.

Trim the shoulder seams of your knit t-shirt. If need be trim shoulder seams and side seams.
When working with knit fabric the seam finish is a close zigzag stitch. 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 hem the fold and stitch. Double fold bottom 1/4" for hem. Stitch in place.
Your knit t-shirt is finished, now add some embellishments. At this point your t-shirt is done but let's add some embellishments.
It's easy to embellish knit fabric, it does not fray, so you can just cut and sew. To make the gathered piece of fabric for an embellishment cut a piece of fabric 1.5 inches by 10 inches.
Use a simple gathering technique to gather down the center of a strip of fabric. Baste the strip of fabric down the middle keeping your threads long and do not back-tack. Pull one thread to gather the fabric.
Pull the thread to form gathering on the knit strip. Pin the gathered strip in place centering it on the front neckline. Stitch in place making sure you do not stitch the back also.
Your adorable knit top is done. Great job sewing it! Your cute knit t-shirt is done.
 
 

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It's fun to sew with knit fabric.

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!

Eight year old Lily sews up a knit top just by tracing the top off her back to use for a patten.

 

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