Sewing Summer T-shirts

My husband, bless his heart, did laundry the other day, and MAY or may not  have bleached two of my favorite  shirts. I told him his bad meant two new shirts for me. I was going to just buy some, but I never get to (loathe) the mall, and there I was in Hancock’s the other day, getting my swimsuit fabric, and I spied a couple tissue knits for cheap-99.

Some people ask me if it’s worth it to make my own clothes. Yep. First of all, it’s cheaper. But more than that, and most importantly, I like to sew. I enjoy it. And these were all fast, easy projects–just the kind I like.  I spent $9 on fabric for my two shirts, and J’s shirt and leggings.  The other day I noticed that I’ve sewn more than half the shirts in my closet. That feels good in a really nerd-crafty way. You can read ALL about t-shirts in my MANY posts about sewing, embellishing and designing t-shirts.

I got the idea for this shirt from my adorable sewing student Holly. She showed my a picture off her phone of a shirt that she’d seen in Nordstroms (I think?) for like a million dollars. Seriously. One. Million. Dollars.  I didn’t do as many hanging pleats, but the effect is the same. What do you think, Holly?

making an embellished t-shirt

making an embellished t-shirt-hanging pleats

making an embellished t-shirt hangin pleated shirt

And I may have gotten carried away with yo yos on this tee, but I was in the groove  (I made a pillow for my bed recently with a ton of yo yos–I’ll show ya’ll soon). Hoorah  yo-yos!!!

making an embellished t-shirt the yo yo t-shirt

making an embellished t-shirt the yo yo t-shirt

And I always have enough fabric left to squeak  a little something out  for J. She got a pair of leggins (a little on the short side).

using leftover fabric for child's leggings

And a shirt. I used one that her Grandma gave her for her birthday as a pattern.

Love that belly.

using leftover fabric for a child's t-shirt

using leftover fabric for a child's t-shirt

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  1. Linnae
    Posted June 25, 2010 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    You seriously are so cute. I love them all. And you look great!!!!

  2. Posted June 26, 2010 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    I just found your blog today and I love it! Ok, so I’ve only read one post so far – but I’ve already got you bookmarked. Can you really get knits like these at Hancocks? That is news to me. I typically sew only for my two daughters, but it is a goal and dream of mine to be able to make clothes for myself. Thanks for the inspiration!


  3. Posted June 27, 2010 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    Ok, I need to go step by step through your tutorials because sewing knits still really scares me and I’d love love love to be able to whip up a couple t-shirts on a weekend day!

  4. the mither
    Posted June 28, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Those are thrillingly cute tees. If you didn’t fess up, no one would ever know they were homemade.

  5. Posted June 29, 2010 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    I just found your blog (via TrueUp, maybe?). I love it. You’re making me want to sew my own t-shirts.

  6. Rach
    Posted June 29, 2010 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    SO SO SO SOOOO cute! I totally love them all.

  7. Posted June 29, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Permalink


    Talk about foxy roxy lady. You are ddddddddddrewlable. Seriously. What was that about having gained some weight, last time I checked they were negative pounds, wish I’d gain some weight like that. Love the purple shirt, love it. Love the hanging pleats, they are pleats? The yo yo s look pretty too, and I can’t wait to see your pillow.

  8. holly
    Posted July 15, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    miriam iLOVE all of these!!! and i bet it didnt cost you 50$ like it did at nordstom. when i come back you should totally teach me how to make all of these

  9. mad14kt
    Posted January 29, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    That t-shirt is so CUTE! One million dollars, wow, I will continue to sew! Enjoy being CREATIVE!!!

  10. Posted May 20, 2011 at 6:35 am | Permalink

    Oh my, you’re so creative. I love the yellow shirt.

  11. Posted November 6, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    I am not much of a sewer but I loved the tip about using the extra pieces of material to make little flowers and sew them on. Thanks.

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  12. Posted December 13, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Wow those are great ideas! Keep it up! And please keep sharing! The pleats are so vintage and i love them!!! will surely follow those! Thanks a bunch!

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