This project is part of “The Ultimate T-Shirt” class with the Tilton sisters. I was supposed to work with pattern Vogue #8793 which you receive when you sign up to this class. Well, when you have family moping about how come you don’t sew for them…the softy in me totally gave in and had to set aside my Vogue Designer T-shirt pattern and decided to apply what I have learned from this neat class to sew t-shirts for dear husband. He is very thin and tall and is really difficult to find good fitting shirts. He also likes to have his t-shirt sleeves longer than ready-to-wear shirts.
I researched on pattern review for best T-shirt patterns. The winner seemed to be Jalie 2918. I have never used this pattern brand before, so I gave it a shot and I really loved it! Did not need to do any minor fitting at all. This is a keeper! The bonus with this pattern is that you can find a youtube video from the owner of Jalie Patterns, which shows how to sew this lovely t-shirts with your sewing machine or with your serger.
I can see many shirts coming for dear husband…..
The fabric I bought was the priciest I ever paid (22 dollars a yard… ouch!) but I really wanted a good knit fabric with medium weight. I am sick of working with cheap, and slimy knit fabrics that are hard to manipulate for a beginner sewist like me. So I found a couple of knit cotton/poly fabric. One solid color and one striped.
For the first t-shirt, solid color, I used only my Singer 401 sewing machine. I only used a zig zag stitch, textured thread for the bobbin, and an even feed walking foot. It worked really well. No skipped stitches and very smooth finishes.
For the second t-shirt, navy blue and white stripes, I used my Brother 1034D serger and my sewing machine to bind the neck. Binding the neck was the “hardest” part. The Tilton sisters show you their techniques and I learned that even the pros find themselves redoing their neck bindings!
- Notes to myself:
- When cutting the neck binding from pattern, leave at least one inch longer than the actual pattern. I need an allowance because this knit fabric just wants to curl up (no matter how much you press) and it is very hard to sew the neck edges with very tiny room. At least, do this until I master this technique. I had to redo twice the neck to make sure I was getting all the edge together with my sewing machine.
- When buying fabric, make sure to write down the description of the fabric and instructions! I received the fabric but I did not get any info about it. I don’t know why the solid fabric started to pill on the wrong side. I remember pre-shrinking it in delicate cycle…but next time I have to be more cautious as this fabric was considered premium knit.
- For my next T-Shirts, if using light weight knits, I have to use my serger, as I am discovering that my vintage Singer 401 does not seem to perform well with light stretchy fabrics.