Making a Twist front T-Shirt

Designer: Marcia Spencer

Instagram: @keechiibstyle


Everyone loves a good t-shirt but what’s even better is a t-shirt with a little flare.  Check out my tutorial below on how to make a t-shirt with a twist detail at the front. This is a comfortable everyday piece to wear with jeans, leggins and even skirts. Look stylish while you go for a jog, do yoga, run errands or just lounging.

I used Unfettered Patterns Free T-shirt pattern as the base pattern for my T-shirt. 


Tool & Supplies needed:

Fabric 1 .5 yards


Clear elastic tape

Olfa 24 X 36 Self Healing Rotary Mat

Olfa 45mm Quick Change Rotary Cutter

Olfa 5 Inch Serrated Edge Scissors

Olfa 1 x 12 Frosted Acrylic Ruler


Cutting & Prep

Cut all your fabric pieces to the pattern using your Olfa rotary cutter.


T-shirt Construction


  1. First, with right sides together pin front shoulders and back shoulders matching raw edges.


  1. Using your clear elastic tape, apply to the seam and stitch through tape and fabric securing the shoulder seam.


  1. With right sides together, fold neckband in half matching short raw edges.
  2. Pin to secure and stitch.


  1. Ironing the seams open.


  1. With the wrong sides together, fold the neckband in half lengthwise matching raw edges.


  1. Line up the raw edge of the neck band to the neckline raw edges, matching neckband seam to middle back of neckline and stretching to fit. Pin to secure.


  1. Stitch the neckband, finish the seam and press seam down.


  1. Open up shirt with right side up,lay shirt flat on Olfa mat. Find the middle of the shirt front and measure a vertical line about eight inches up the middle of the shirt and mark it.


  1. Then measure out horizontally from that middle mark four inches on both sides.


  1. Using your Olfa rotary cutter cut the middle line stopping at the eight inch mark.



  1. Then cut lines horizontally starting from the sides of the shirt stopping at the four inch mark.


  1. Bring bottom right side over, crossing the left bottom,


  1. Repeat this by bringing the left bottom under the right side bringing it back to the left, creating a twist.


  1. With right sides together, fold the left over the right matching the inner raw edge.

  1. Stitch.




  1. Turn bottom half up and over top half of front with right sides together. Pin and stitch the raw edges together and finish
  2. Press seams.


  1. With right sides together sew front to back at the sides. Finish.



  1. With right sides together, match raw edges and notches of the sleeve. Pin.Stitch.


  1. With right sides together, attach sleeves to the armhole matching raw edges and notches.


  1. Stitch.


  1. Finish all edges with either serger or zig zag stitch.
  2. Hem the sleeve and the bottom of the shirt by turning under ½ inch and stitching close to the hem edge.


  1. Press the hem and seams.



Voila! You’re done.


P.S  If you enjoy cropped tops you can even roll the hem under for a cool cropped vibe!