This is all I've ever done with sewing clothing. Last week I started to
I had to ask for help as I didn't have a clue. I'm getting a little better
with each one.
I've done 9 so far.
The four I did today are at the top of this page and scroll to see the other
Susie, how did you take them in? Did you just sew up the seam from hem
On Tue, 5 Jun 2007 14:45:54 -0400, "Susie"
"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."
- Mae West
I don't know how she did it, but when I resized the maternity shirts I
made after the birth of my fourth/last child, I had sewn the sleeves and
side seams with basting thread so I just undid part of the hem right
around the side seams and then the side seams themselves, took the
sleeves off, and laid the template I had already prepared when I made
them in the first place down against the fabric and re-cut, then
To answer all of your questions the shirts were gifts or shirts I had bought
because of what was written on them and they only came in one size. I wear a
ladies small so they were all huge on me. I would wear once in a blue moon
but NOW that they fit I'm sure I will wear them more often.
I had to ask how to do it on a yahoo group because I didn't have a clue. I
had all of these huge T's and wanted to wear them but didn't know how to
I turned the too big T-shirt wrong side out with the front on the cutting
table facing up. I then took a shirt that fit me and placed it on top and
then took some chalk and marked where I should sew down through. I chose a
top that had a nice figure flattering curve to it. :) I also marked the
sleeves about an inch over to sew those too and I cut the hem off to the
length of the shirt that fit. I then took the T to the sewing machine and
took the advice of the helper (Yasmin) was her name.
****For the side seam, use a stitch that has at least some
forward/backward-motion, it puts more thread into the seam and makes
These stitches should work fine:
mode 1 #5 or #6
mode 3 #1, #2, #3
the stitches in mode 3 finish the edges.
The hem: press the hem, then sew with an elastic stitch or the twin needle.
Personally, I don't like the twin needle, I rather use some nice
decorative stitches like
mode 2 #27 #29 #31 #32 #46 #49 #59 #67
mode 3 #28 #45 or any other stitch you like.
Remember to loosen the presser foot pressure for sewing knits to
prevent stretching and to use jersey or stretch needles.****
I have made a few mistakes but I have now done 10 t shirts and I'm happily
The only thing I have ever sewn is a few quilts, wall hangings, curtains
once, and purses. I have never done anything with clothing so this was a
Susie in northern NY
hi, thanks for sharing , that sounds like a great simple straightforward way
to get a custom t-shirt.
certainly beats my plan to salvage an old favorite t-shirt shape, length and
fit by deconstructing the remaning bits of the old T and trying to use as a
pattern to reconstruct a new t-shirt.
i am fairly new here as well... so i have not really earned the honor to
welcome you to the group yet.... but i'll say welcome anyways.