Perfect Fit Sew It Yourself T-Shirts

So Sew Easy - I sewed my own t-shirtsSo happy!  My Sewing with Knits course is really paying off.  Following the success of my first trial scoop neck t-shirt, I bought some simple cotton jersey in black and white and sewed another couple of simple scoop neck t-shirts.  They are EXACTLY as I want them.  I prefer my t-shirts quite fitted and don't want them too long so they finish at my widest part.  And the neckline isn't too high, but isn't too low to be revealing either.  Just right. And with the pattern and the tips from the course, the necklines are so easy and sit nice and flat.

So Sew Easy - I sewed my own t-shirts


These are now my everyday staples – comfy, cool, cotton, easy to wear, easy to wash, wear anywhere t-shirts. The pattern also includes a long sleeved option, or a v-neck too.


Everyone here in the Cayman Islands lives in shorts and t-shirt so now I have the option to sew my own t-shirts, I'll never have to scour the shops again looking for one that doesn't have Cayman Islands printed across the front!  I can see me making a LOT of these over the coming year.  I think they would be great in a print fabric too, something less cotton and more slinky would make a great dressy version too.

So Sew Easy - I sewed my own t-shirts


The pattern for these comes as part of the Sewing with Knits course, along with the Fleece Hoodie that I've already made.  Still to come – the v-neck t-shirt, shorts, yoga pants, skirt and dress.  All the patterns come included in the course price which makes it excellent value for money.


So Sew Easy - I sewed my own t-shirts

Once again, apologies for the photos – my husband is a very rushed and reluctant photographer, but in these windy conditions is still better than trying to balance a tripod and run into the right place using the timer.  But it does mean you get to see things as they are – no fancy posing for me!


What I love about this course, as well as all the stuff I am learning, is that the focus is on every day clothes.  I know when I go into the fabric shop I am always picking up the most beautiful fabrics, embroidered, velvets, satins, sequins and more.  Or something suitable for a beautiful dress – but I just don't wear these clothes every day and I hate to spend a lot of money on fabric and then hours and hours of sewing to make something I might only wear once. I'm really enjoying spending my time making practical everyday clothes, similar to the Ready to Wear I might have bought instead.

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36 Responses to Perfect Fit Sew It Yourself T-Shirts

  1. Cheryl says:

    Very cool. I love wearing t-shirts. I know I would enjoy wearing them more if they were better fitted. I have looked at the sewing with knits course. It is always good to see how someone has benefited from a class–it’s the best advertising.
    I was wondering if there are helps in the class on what to do to adjust an already made t-shirt.

    • Deby Coles says:

      Hi Cheryl, adjusting a ready made t-shirt isn’t directly covered, but the skills that you do learn will mean you will be much more likely to have success with alterations, especially seams, bindings etc. So if you wanted to make arms narrower for example, you can reduce the width by sewing inside the previous line of stitching and then follow the instructions to add a neat binding on the arm hem – like in the V-neck t-shirt I sewed also from this course. I’ve just finished the final project – the surplice dress, and its such an adaptable pattern that based on what I had learned, I made a lot of my own variations to it to get just the result I was looking for. I’ll be posting that one soon.

  2. Shirley says:

    I signed up for the course as well. I have already been sewing with knits, but after watching the course videos, I am still learning things I didn’t know! It’s an awesome value with instruction and patterns included. I’m anxious to make up the t-shirt now after seeing yours. Nice job!

    • Deby Coles says:

      Yes it is great value – I take a lot of classes, both in person and online, and this is one of the best where I felt I learned really valuable information which I use all the time.

  3. Jenn says:

    These shirts turned out beautifully, and they look great on you! Thanks for sharing this project!

  4. Mary Beth @ Cupcakes and Crinoline says:

    I have been wanting to take some of the Craftsy classes but haven’t, yet. Your posts have inspired me to give them a try.

    Thanks so much for sharing such helpful info at Project Inspire{d}.

    Hugs, Mary Beth

  5. Lucy says:

    Great job! They fit perfectly.

  6. Jayne says:

    Those are the perfect tee shirts, with a beautiful fit.

  7. Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama says:

    Very impressive! Thanks for sharing your awesome talent at Artsy Corner.

  8. domestic bliss squared says:

    Really great! T shirts are some of the hardest basics to find in stores, I always find myself altering them! These are gorgeous, what a clever idea!

  9. lisa says:

    It’s so nice to have clothes that fit and flatter your body!

  10. Christie says:

    Wow, looks like a perfect fit, great job!

  11. Steph @ Crafting in the Rain says:

    Pretty! It’s so nice to have nice fitting t’s!

  12. April @ Angel's Homestead says:

    I’m impressed, you did a great job on your t-shirts. Thank you so much for sharing with Saturday Spotlight. Have a great week and come back soon!

  13. Shawn Schumacher says:

    Oh next time they have a sale I am in! Thanks for the recommendation.

  14. Jeifner says:

    Those are fabulous! It looks like the perfect t-shirt, what a great fit.

  15. WoW! I need to take that course…you did an amazing job!

  16. Lanaya says:

    I think they are simple and flattering! Nice job!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. πŸ™‚


  17. Becca says:

    Lovely! It looks great and gorgeous to it!

  18. Leslie says:

    The tshirts look fantastic!

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!

  19. Pat says:

    Hi! I just found your blog, came here via SSS–
    These T-shirts are great! They are very flattering too. Kudos to your for getting on the band wagon to sew. I’m not much of a seamstress myself and am only recently taking an interest in sewing. So your site will be one I might enjoy coming back to from time to time.

    Big cheeses for your hubby’s photography skills and all his effort. πŸ˜€
    nice to meet you, going to have a look around!

  20. Suzan says:

    I can’t sew a straight hem – so can’t tell you how impressed I am by this!!!
    They look fantastic!

  21. bella says:

    Hi Deby, first time at your blog. Found you from a linky party!

    Very impressive. I’ve always wanted to sew my own clothes, and have never gotten the hang of it. Honestly I’ve never even tried, but it’s just one more thing I’d like to eventually do.
    I have a long list of things I’d like to work on, and hopefully one day I can say I do this.
    Good for you for learning. You are doing GREAT!!

    Have a wonderful day πŸ™‚

    Hugs, Bella πŸ™‚

  22. Sherri says:

    I think you have convinced me to give this class a try. The fit of your results are wonderful. I can never have enough Tshirts to wear. I found you from the Six Sisters link party.

  23. Kara says:

    They came out awesome!

  24. Meliss says:

    Good job! I hate sewing with knits πŸ™
    But…it looks like you’ve got it down!

  25. Kathleen says:

    Where can I take this course? I live in v-neck tshirts. That’s all I wear. It would be nice to be able to make them in the colors I want. You have done a great job. I’ve tried knits before w/o much success.

    • Hi Kathleen. This is an online video course over 10 episodes. You can go straight to the info by clicking the banner above, or here at SEWING WITH KNITS. You get lifetime access to the course so you can take it as fast or as slow as you like, watch the episodes several times if you need to. Plus you can ask questions and participate in the forum, make your own notes on the video itself, share your projects with the other class members, get their help etc. There are free patterns included – fleece hoodie, scoop neck and v-neck t-shirts with long or short sleeves, yoga shorts, long and short pants, knit skirt and a surplice dress.
      It’s not only made sewing with knits possible and fun, but it’s taught me a lot about sewing in general which I needed as a newbie.

  26. Hi Darby. I’ve tried sewing knits before and it was a complete disaster. So I hardly even sew anymore since I like to wear knits so much. You’ve done a beautiful job.

    I just found your blog and now I have to go follow you here and on pinterst. Hope you’ll stop by and visit sometime.


  27. GourmetGetaways (@GourmetGetaway) says:

    Looks good πŸ™‚

  28. Crystelle Boutique says:

    You are so amazing…. another great shirt!

    hugs x

  29. Rita says:

    Great job! These look amazing and I love that you can personalize the fit! Thanks for sharing.

  30. Tamara says:

    So impressed. Planning to take the course based on your recommendation. I live in knits and fleece–stay at home mom in central IL! Thanks for sharing.

    • Good luck Tamara – I know you’ll get great results too.

      • q.s says:

        i’m interested in taking a course as well but what material is that you used to make your tshirt and where can i get it?

        • Deby Coles says:

          Hi qs -you can buy this cotton jersey (and a lot more besides) at a great shop called Girl Charlee. They have a huge range of knits (stretch fabrics), and some great t-shirt fabrics that you won’t find anywhere else – and the pricing is excellent. I was just about to write a feature on their shop in the next couple of days, but in the meantime, I have a coupon code I can give you for 10% off – use sosewten. They are my favorite for knit fabrics right now. Good luck.

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