February Project: T-shirts

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Sew Your Own T-shirt

Hello Sewing Loft Readers! Did you have fun with the pajama pant sew along last month? If you missed any of those posts you can find them here.

Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Making Your Pattern and Sewing the Pants
Part 3: Your Questions
Part 4: My Answers and Featured Pajama Pants

This month we’re following the same format, but the focus is going to be on t-shirts. So let’s talk about ts.


Is there anything more iconically American and readily available than a t-shirt? I probably wear them at least 80% of the time, and I bet you do too. So why don’t we sew more of them?

Well, I bet one answer is that they are so readily available and inexpensive. And that’s true. But this article gave me food for thought about the sheer volume of clothing in the US and what happens to the stuff we no longer want, and I haven’t bought one of those t-shirts new in quite a while, preferring instead to thrift them, make them, or a combination of the two.


I also sew t-shirts because I like to have unique clothing, especially for my boys. If you have boys, you know it’s hard to find t-shirts for them that don’t have awful graphics all over the place.


Another reason you may not sew t-shirts is that you’re scared of sewing knits. Maybe you’ve heard that it’s hard or you’ve been burned by a bad experience. Well, I’m here to tell you it is not hard, and sewing with knits is actually great because knit garments are so forgiving of pattern and figure issues.


Finally, maybe you’d love to sew more t-shirts but you’re stumped about where to get your knits to sew them. I’ll talk about that this month too (although you can probably guess that I do a lot of thrifting fabrics).

Next week we’ll talk basic t-shirt construction and variations – every single one of the shirts in the pictures in this post ┬ástarted out from a basic t-shirt pattern. It is the single most used pattern I’ve made myself.

If you’re a gold star type of student, I’d encourage you to get started making your pattern – use the same method we used last month to copy our pajama pants. Just make sure NOT to stretch your shirt as you copy it.

So, are you on board to tackle your fear of knits and sew up a t-shirt? Get ready to get addicted!


Melissa @ Melly Sews
Melissa is the creative energy behind Melly Sews. Formerly a theatre teacher, currently a blogger/pattern designer/owner of Blank Slate Patterns, and always a mom & wife, she finds herself sewing in the intersection of ruffles and race cars.
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  1. Now that I’ve made the PJs I’d like to make a Tshirt to wear with it! But I’ll forego the pattern making part and just use a Tshirt pattern I already have, which fits well. Since my Twitter handle says @SewEverything I am refusing to buy a RTW T for my PJs. Melissa, thanks for egging us on to make every day clothing!

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