Playing with patterns

Fitted T-shirt

Adjusting the pattern

Sleeve adjustment

I love the idea of being able to throw together a t-shirt for myself. A couple years ago, I got a copy of Cal Patch’s Design-It-Yourself Clothes, which covers the basics of pattern making in good, simple language. Carolyn’s website, Handmade by Carolyn is also full of good tips. The internet in general has a lot to offer for anyone who wants to play with pattern making and adjusting. So what have I learned?

No one ever actually ever threw together a t-shirt. However, I now have a basic t-shirt pattern for myself that works. Yesterday, inspired by the pattern sheets I saw on my visit to Studio Jurk, I pulled out my rather flimsy pattern paper pieces and traced them all over and together onto one sturdier piece of paper (it’s a roll of paper from the IKEA). The idea is that this will be easier to copy for future shirts and more adjustments. It was a good idea! Working out some adjustments for a looser fitting shirt went well. It’s now in pieces on my sewing table waiting for me and the serger to give it some loving attention. I, for one, can’t wait.

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