I got out of the habit of sewing after the holidays, and didn’t plug my machine back in until January 20th.
After writing my 2018 Make Nine list to get me motivated, I decided to start with an easy tee. I had taped the free pattern by It’s Always Autumn together previously. Then on a windy Saturday I cut and sewed to completion my first raglan! This was my first ever one day project, and after this instant gratification I understand the allure of sewing with knits.
I wanted to make the baseball jersey type of shirt and found a XL tee for the body and a size small for the sleeves.
I find using the fabric from thrift store tee shirts to be a cheap and practical way of sourcing knit fabric.
I made a few small changes to the pattern taking away 1/2 inch from the length of the raglan, and adding 1/2 inch to the hip. I used a rotary cutter which made cutting the bodice front, back, and sleeves so quick and easy. I cut the elbow length sleeves.
I put in a stretch needle and sewed with a zigzag width of approximately 1.5 width and a 2.5 length. I have a manual machine, so I’m just twisting a dial.
I love Autumn’s method of attaching the neck band. Instead of measuring the neck and using a mathematical calculation to figure out the length of the band, I simply stretched and pinned the unjoined band to the neck, and sewed it together where it meets in the back.
Another no fuss technique I used was to bypass the double needle. Instead I used the same zigzag stitch to hem the sleeves and top stitch around the neck. No changing the thread either.
I loved this sporty look so much I decided to do it again!
This time I cut the shirt tail hem of the pattern, and short sleeves.
This shirt would look more dressy made in one fabric, but I was enjoying coming up with the color combinations too much to stop. I didn’t buy any new tees; I was working with the colors I already had on hand.
These shirts already feel like old favorites. They’re a hit!