Projects – Easy to make stretch t-shirt

Here is another new project that is available for you to make at any of my sewing classes. A versatile jersey t-shirt shape. I have made two different versions here to show different ways of using the pattern. This first version is made in soft drapey viscose elastane jersey. Using the stripe to create a diagonal stripe pattern by adding a centre front seam. The second is made in t-shirt weight cotton/elastane creating a more traditional casual t-shirt with the addition of a turn back cuff detail. This is a great introduction to making jersey garments. It can be made using an overlocker or a regular sewing machine.

The pattern is available to make in ladies sizes 8 – 18

The finished length from side neck to hem is 70cm


Fabric width 150cm/60″

1.20m sizes 8-14

1.60m sizes  16-18

For pattern matching or to create a chevron effect you will need a bit extra fabric.

The style has a grown on sleeve so there is no setting sleeves in, the focus of this project is really sewing with jersey fabrics and adding a neckband.

The trickiest bit of the style is the neckband. Its worth getting to grips with how to attach a neckband, its a useful technique for all sorts of jersey styles and can sometimes save a neckline on a jersey style that has been stretched or isn’t working.

The hems can be finished in various ways including using a twin needle. As part of the project we can look at different options and when to use them.

This version has no centre front seam and is made in cotton elastane jersey. The fit of the shape is relaxed making it easy to wear.

There is the option of adding a turn back cuff detail for this casual version, which works best in fabric with a little more body.

The hem is shaped but can be cut straight if preferred. A useful addition to your wardrobe with lots of staple jersey garment making skills.

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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