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T-Shirt Time

Purple T-Shirt finished

Decided it was time to work on another clothing item. I have some purple knit fabric I bought a while ago to make a skirt. My knit skirt was a fail, but thankfully I have a Burda t-shirt pattern that was able to make use of the fabric.

This pattern is labelled as being super easy, and since my clothes making skills are still a work in progress, this pattern seemed perfect. It didn’t require facing, zippers, buttons, or anything like that, so this seemed a good practice project. This pattern called for a twin needle, which I didn’t have, so I did have to buy that.

This pattern has the option of making a t-shirt or a dress. I chose to make the t-shirt, as I wasn’t sure that I had enough fabric in one piece to make the dress, since I had cut up the fabric previously for the skirt. Since the t-shirt is smaller, I figured it would be a little easier.

I traced the pattern onto tracing paper. My local fabric store sells Burda tracing paper, with grid lines and without. This saves my bought patterns for future use. If I don’t cut up the original patter, I can make this pattern again. I am also careful when I pin the pattern pieces to my fabric, so that I can save my traced pattern pieces to use again.

Purple T-Shirt pieces

There were only two pieces to cut out, the front of the shirt, and the back. This was one of the reasons I chose this pattern.

When I was ready to sew, I switched out my machine needle to the twin needle. Normally I have no problem threading my machine needle, but I found threading the twin needle a little more difficult. Thankfully I was able to get it threaded before I got too frustrated.

I sewed a small piece of fabric to make sure my needle and all the machine settings were correct. I then sewed my two fabric pieces together according to the pattern instructions. Since this is my first time using a twin needle, it took me a moment to get the hang of catching the edge of the fabric. As the neckline is the first thing that is sewn, the back neckline turned out better than the front.

Purple T-Shirt finished

This pattern really was super easy. This was probably the easiest pattern I have made, or tried to make. It is also one of the better pieces of clothing I have made so far. I made a maxi skirt more than a year and a half ago, which I would like to remake now. I’ll have to keep my eye out for jersey so that I can make another maxi skirt, and more t-shirts.

Hopefully one day my wardrobe with be full of my homemade clothes. Anytime there are sales, I tend to buy patterns and fabric. Now, I need to decide what I feel like trying to make next.