Making a T-Shirt
Designer: Marcia Spencer
A t-shirt is a necessity in the wardrobe! There are so many different styles of t-shirts from your basic T, to more trendy fashionable types. I like to add a little flare to the basic t-shirt so I decided to create a versatile pattern by Simplicity with several construction options. Follow along with my step-by step tutorial and create your own.
*For this pattern I used Simplicity Pattern S9645 view B which consist of six pieces.
Materials and Tools Needed:
- OLFA 5” precision scissors
- OLFA 45mm RTY-2C/NBL Quick-Change Rotary Cutter, Navy
- OLFA 24” x 36” Double Sided Self Healing Rotary Mat
- 5 - 2 yards of knit fabric (depending on size cut)
- Sewing Machine or Serger
- Matching thread
* Use your OLFA cutting tools to cut out the six pattern pieces.
- Stitch/Serge front (1) to yoke front (2) matching notches and large dots. Press seam up.
- Repeat step 1 for back (3) and yoke back (4).
- With right sides facing pin shoulder seams of front and back together matching notches. Stitch/Serge.
- Stitch/Serge the center back seam of neckband (5).
- Fold neckband in half with wrong sides together; Press. Pin
- With right sides facing and raw edges even, match centers, small dots and notches of neckband to the shirt collar. Pin.
- Stitch/Serge with ⅜ seam stretching band to fit.
- Turn neckband and shirt front side out. Press neckband seam down. Topstitch neckband seam close to seam line.
- With front sides faces pin front to back at side seams, matching large dots and lower hemmed edges. Stitch/Serge.
- Create gathering stitches between sleeve notches, along the seam line using a long machine-stitch.
- With right sides faces fold arm seams over matching notches. Pin. Stitch/Serge underarm seam of sleeve.
- Turn sleeve right side out. With right sides facing, pin sleeve to armhole edge matching centers and dots. Pull gathers to fit. Pin. Stitch. Trim seam allowance close to stitching.
- To hem arms and shirt press up on hem on lower edge of sleeve and shirt. Stitch or zig zag.
Once you have finished your hems your t-shirt is complete. Happy Styling!