Wow I Made a Shirt!

I bought a shirt at Old Navy last year that I’ve just loved. It fits well, it’s stylish and it’s comfortable, and I find myself looking for shirts like it whenever I go shopping. It dawned on me that instead of wearing the same shirt every day šŸ˜‰ I might just be able to copy it, since it’s a fairly simple design. This was my first time trying to make my own pattern from a piece of clothing so I wasn’t sure how it’d go. The construction isn’t the greatest and I’d make some changes if I make it again, but overall I am pretty pleased with how it turned out!

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The finished shirt! Cost me $7 for the clearance fabric and the thread from Jo-Ann’s.-

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The shirt from Old Navy that I copied.

1. First I made a pattern for the shirt. I laidĀ someĀ Ikea kid’s craft paperĀ out on a flat surface andĀ laid the shirt on top and smoothed out the wrinkles. I traced the shirt, noting the seam allowances.

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Shirt pattern front.

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Back pattern piece pinned to the fabric.

2. I cut out the pattern and pinned it to the fabric. The front had one piece and the back had two pieces. Seriously this is the simplest shirt design! Then I cut out the pattern pieces. I also cut out a strip of the non-ruffled part of the fabric to use as ribbing around the neck.

3. First I sewed the back pieces together. Then I sewed the back of the shirt to the front (right sides together).

4. Then I sewed the arm holes. I turned the edgesĀ over and sewed them about 5/8 of an inch in and then went around again about 1/8 inch away from that stitch.

5. Then I sewed the bottom the same way I sewed the sleeves. I did a less of a seam allowance because I wanted it a little longer. I will adjust the pattern if I make this again.

6. Then I folded the ribbing piece of fabric (about an inch thick) in half and sewed it together at the ends, right sides together to make a circle. I then pinned that into the neck hole, right sides together, and stitched it together. And voila! I made a shirt!


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