Easy Pattern Making

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“from t-shirt to light weight summer top”

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Do you find your t-shirts all end up looking a little too casual and worn in no time. Maybe it is just me. The side seams all end up twisted and however comfy the t-shirt is it just doesn’t cut it in even the most casual of work places. So here is a simple design I came up with. The whole process took me about 3hours and the fabric set me back about AUD$35 and I didn’t even use it all.
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The fantastic fabric was designed by Kaffe Fassett. The fabric design was beautiful on it’s own so I aimed to make a really simple top to showcase it. (Note – Remember to pre-wash your fabric. It’s the worst thing ever to go to the trouble of making something and the first time you wash it – it shrinks!).
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I love wearing my old well worn t-shirt (featured below). The simplicity of the style just works for me so it was a great style to use for this project. I skipped making a block or paper pattern and worked straight from the t-shirt.
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tshirt to top pattern_step 1
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Aside from my trusty sewing machine here are the tools I used:
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tshirt to top pattern_tools
I love the Sew Easy quilt-n-sew ruler (in photo above) for marking seam allowance. It’s super fast. Also great for marking strips for bias tape.
tshirt to top pattern_step 2
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The most time consuming bit of the whole process was cutting out and sewing together strips of fabric for the bias tape. If you’ve never made bais tape from fabric before check out this tutorial for a step-by-step.
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I allowed larger than normal seams as I don’t have an overlocker (yet). My technique is pictured below. It’s neat and tidy. The extra time it takes is worth it for the clean result.
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tshirt to top pattern_inside seam
(photo of seam from inside)
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tshirt to top pattern_outside seam detail
(photo of seam from outside)
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I’ll run through a step-by-step on how I handle seams in another post. Ultimately if you want to use this idea as a DIY project use whatever seam suits you. Just remember to think about it before hand so you leave enough seam allowance when you mark out your design.
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So here is the finished top >
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tshirt to top pattern_finished1tshirt to top pattern_finished2
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I love wearing it. My friends all love it. Would love to hear your feedback.
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3 thoughts on “Easy Pattern Making

  1. Pingback: Seams, seams and more seams | kukileaf

    • Thanks! Glad you like the design. The fabric is one of Kaffe Fassett’s 100% cotton quilting weight fabrics. I find his fabrics a little lighter weight than what I’m used to for quilting. I actually made this design in a plainer blue cotton quilting fabric too. The weight of the 2nd blue top is a little heavier but still works well with the design style and is great for summer.

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