What to do when I want to make some tees and don’t have any knit fabric in my stash? Find a tee shirt in a thrift store, the bigger the better, and use the fabric. A men’s 3X size certainly fit the bill. It was massive!
I partly used the pattern and instructions for the Kirsten Kimono tee, (free when you subscribe to the newsletter), but I also used an existing tee to get the right fit and I cut the same neckline as that tee. I was going to make the size M but it turns out I’m more of a size L. I added a 1/2 inch inch seam allowance to the pattern.
I used the original bottom hem of the tee, and double needle hemmed the kimono sleeves. I unpicked the ribbed neck from the original tee, shortened it, and sewed it to my new tee.
This might become my new favorite tee.
I didn’t have any twill tape or knit tape to reinforce the neckline or shoulders, so I might have a problem with these areas getting stretched out of shape.
I also experimented with a thrifted big white tee. I made the fit relaxed but not oversized. Again, I unpicked the original ribbed neck, resized it, and stitched it to my new neckline. The join is a bit awkward at the back of the neck. Maybe I should try to reposition it next time.
This time I also unpicked and reused the long reinforcing strip made from the same knit fabric as the shirt by sewing it to the neck and shoulders.
I tried out a different technique and made a wavy lettuce hem. I sewed a very close, wide zigzag on a double thickness of fabric while stretching the fabric, and then trimmed close to the stitching on the inside. I used this tutorial on lettuce hems published on Craftsy.
If you’d like more information and ideas on sewing knits take a look at my “learn to sew knits” board on Pinterest.
More experimenting with thrifted tees to follow!