Last week, I decided to copy Melissa and make myself a t-shirt.
People! This was fun to sew.
I had the navy Laguna knit in my stash. It was purchased as part of a kit for a dress that I never made. Use it or lose it, right? Right! I paired it with a fat quarter of an Anna Maria Horner voile from the stash. I'm tall with a long torso so I had to turn the fat quarter 90 degrees to get the length I needed, but this print works well in either direction. Plus it looks great with the solid navy.
I followed Melissa's directions, including using the Metro T-shirt pattern by Liesl & Co. I love the process of adjusting patterns. All the measuring, drawing, tracing – I always end up learning so much. This time I altered the pattern to bring the seams forward and create a hi-low hem as Liesl shows in her tutorial. Once I sewed it up and tried it on, I felt that it was way too long in the back, so I drew the hem a second time, taking 3 inches off the back of the tee and leaving the front where it was. In the end, my shirt ended up a little more than 2 inches longer in the back than the front center. (If you do not have a long torso, I think you would need to shorten the front piece as Liesl suggests.)
I've worn this tee a couple of times and I love it. Jane asked me yesterday whether I had made it – the girls were still away at camp when it was sewn up. After I answered yes, she asked where I bought the blue shirt to alter. When I explained that I had sewn the entire thing, she was a little surprised. But for me, that is the icing on the cake. I made a t-shirt that looks store bought! Even up close!
Win, win, win.