Month: January 2010

Braided-Neck Tee

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When making your own clothes,  you take what fabric you can get. A neighbor and friend gave me TONS of fabric she was clearing out, among which I found this blue knit.  The sleeves were supposed to be different–I can’t remember what—but I do remember that they didn’t turn out, and they became little bubble… Read more »

Tiered Circle Sleeve Tee

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I saw this tee in Real Simple over the summer, and I liked the sleeves. They were pretty and not really me. I drafted the pattern using the techniques I learned here. I have the original 198-something version, but the cool thing about fashion, is that it all comes ’round again. PS I knew that… Read more »

Flower Cluster Tee and Party Tee


These two shirts get featured together because they have one thing in common–I didn’t make them.  I simply embellished them. I drew my sweet sis-in-law for Christmas, and so I bought this tee, made the flowers, and then sewed them on (and don’t you know, I spent 5 X longer on this shirt I didn’t… Read more »

Cascade Ruffle-Front Tee

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When I first tried this on for my husband, he said “Wow. You made yourself a Puffy Shirt.” That is this shirt’s true and rightful name–I just put “Cascade Ruffle Front”  on the tutorial because it sounded more searchable.  Besides Seinfeld, I saw this shirt first at Jcrew, but have since seen it surface other places.  This took… Read more »

Ruched-Front Tee

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My sister Em gifted me this awesome black knit for my birthday last year (I believe she found it at Wal-mart’s $1 fabrics).  Thanks Em!  I also had some gauzy black fabric from an old AE skirt that I was cutting up to make a dress for Twinkle. This is what the marriage of the two… Read more »

Hemming Knit Fabric on a Sewing Machine

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Ready? This may be the world’s easiest tutorial. Knit can be hard to sew, and for many a project I wanted to know how I could just finish an edge simply. HOW DO YOU HEM KNIT?!?! Of course this is the simplest solution ever, but it was a revelation to me. 1 Fold it under…. Read more »

Reverse Applique Tee

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Boring title. Fun shirt. The story on this shirt was that I’ve made approximately a ton of tee shirts, but never documented the process. So this one came out of necessity, but not because I needed a shirt. Because I needed a tutorial. I didn’t have enough of anything at home, so I had to… Read more »

Arm and Waist Band Tutorial


I always like me a good arm or waist band.  They’re are a great way to finish off the edges because it dresses up a shirt just enough to make it feel a little more classy. Arm and waist bands are done exactly the same.  For this tutorial I’ll try to explain both simultaneously. 1…. Read more »

THE basic fitted tee tutorial

final shirt!

FIRST, you’ll need: -1 1/2  yds. of good knit fabric -good fitted T-shirt pattern -matching thread -sewing machine that has an overlock stitch (see photo below) -stretch needle -scissors or rotary cutter and mat *before you start cutting and sewing, it’s important to know, that  the GRAINLINE is SO important when sewing t-shirts! I’ve bought… Read more »

My basic fitted T-shirt Pattern

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***Note! I recently simplified and tweaked my tshirt drafting process, and have a new tutorial for drafting a tee from measurements that is a little more user friendly. Both are good methods, though, so check out my new one, and decide from there! Thanks for stopping by, and like always I love to get feedback… Read more »

Tee-Shirt Week

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So, I decided that there’s no better way to kick off a new sewing blog than with a big fat week jam-packed full of sewing tutorials, and projects, and fun! Am I right or am I right…….right…….right….. (Ground Hog Day anyone??) So since baby #2, I’ve had to supplement my frump-dog wardrobe  in a major… Read more »