Tshirt Patterns

Sew Your Own Wardrobe Essentials

Sewing your own tshirts is easy and fun. There are endless tshirt patterns available from all the pattern companies. You can purchase patterns in your local fabric store, or go to the online pattern stores, such as McCalls, Simplicity, and Burda, to name a few.

The tshirt has become a wardrobe staple and you can incorporate so many different styles into your wardrobe from casual day wear to evening wear.

Both v-neck and scoop neck tshirts are necessary to have in your wardrobe. You can easily find t-shirt patterns for both v-neck and scoop neck styles.

Inspiration and Examples of Sewing Patterns

The sewing pattern examples below are scoop neck t shirt with raglan sleeves and a v neck. The raglan sleeve tee on the left is a loose fitting top and the v neck is more fitted. You can see in the other images how versatile these tops can be. You can change a casual basic tshirt into a dressier style with a change in fabrics. 

I love that you can use almost any stretch fabric to make many different versions of this style of tshirt. For instance, you could try a stretch satin fabric or silk fabric for a dressy casual look. Or, as the image shows, make the sleeves from a stretch sequin fabric. Pair it with dark jeans and some heals and you're good for a night on the town. 

For a casual look, a stretch knit bamboo fabric is soft and comfortable. Or any stretch knit tshirt fabric would work well. 

Tshirts don't have to be plain to be a wardrobe essential. There are as many different types of stretch knit fabrics as there tshirt patterns, readily available online as well in the fabric stores. I recommend having multiple white, grey, black, and cream color t-shirts in your closet. Then start adding colors as you build your wardrobe.

Online Fabric Stores

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When you sew your own t-shirts, you can have as many in supply as you like.

Most styles are straightforward to sew and the fabric is relatively inexpensive at $5.00 to 10.00 dollars a meter/yard. When you only need 1 to 1 1/2 meter/yard, they are easy to accumulate. That is a big savings compared to $20.00 and up for a ready made retail top.

The type of stretch knit fabrics you see in a retail store are available in your local fabric store or online fabric stores. There are endless options. You can also find organic fabrics, bamboo, hemp, organic cottons, these are just a few now offered. 

Tshirt Patterns -Fabric choices

Stretch Velvet

Organic Cotton

Stretch Silk

Sequin Knit

Help With Sewing Stretch Knits

Stretch knit tops are a great way to learn sewing techniques. If you are unsure about sewing with stretch knits, here are some helpful places to go for tips and techniques.

Videos

I have found many worthwhile videos on youtube.com showing how to sew with stretch knits. Click the link for great tutorials to get started.

Marc Jacobs Master Class
Marc Jacobs Teaches Fashion Design

Books

Sewing books are invaluable in your sewing room/sewing area. I have books that I refer to frequently. If I want to learn a new technique or refresh my memory, I look to my sewing library for help. Here are some of my suggestions.

I hope this will encourage you to sew your own stretch knit tops and have some fun adding new dimension to your wardrobe. Remember the more you sew the better you become.

For more information about sewing t-shirts

For more inspiration on sewing your own tshirts leave tshirt patterns and go to tshirt designs for different tshirt I have sewn.