Friday, June 1, 2012

How to make a Fitted T-Shirt

So my boyfriend had bought me a sewing machine as a birthday gift last September. It took me until May to work up the courage to learn how to use it. Now I have a little bit of anxiousness / nervousness whenever I try a new thing. He knew the basics of it, and while I have made one outfit while I was in Girl Scouts when I was younger it was with much supervision (thank you Fairy Godmother). So he taught me the basics of the sewing machine along with the help of me watching the tutorial video it actually came with I started to learn the simple thing of threading the machine (bobbin thread especially when it messed up). I have to say that I have googled videos and they have been helpful.

So enough about that. First project I did was simply hem the kitchen window curtain so that it was not puddling on the counter. It was nerve wrecking... I had the machine flying faster then I could control it and was trying to pull and push the fabric too much. Then I settled down. Took my time. Got a good rythm going and just breathed. Let the machine's feed dogs ( I just looked that up to see what to call those !) feed it and just move it with it. I know I know I am boring you to tears. But I have to say this was a very eye opening for me. It was emotional and at times frustrating. And I havent even tried to use it much!

All this nonsense brings me to my proudest moment today.

I love boys t-shirts because they are longer then the girls. I often shop in the boys (not mens!) section for t-shirts and in goodwill I found a shirt I loved. I never wore it though because it was just too baggy in the waist and too tight in the neck. By the way. I am terrible at posting before photos so this will have to do. I took this photo after I marked and sewed it but before I cut it.

Front view inside out you can see the spots I sewed, using my favorite t-shirt as the model I marked this one in pencil. Followed that line and voila.
 This next one is to show everyone that though it was a little boys shirt there was much fabric that I needed to trim off. Notice that I took the armpits in but still made it go to the original hem for the red parts cause I didnt feel like learning how to mess with that.
 And then I trimmed off all that fabric (I asked permission to use the kitchen scissors in the cutting block because apparently I only own children scissors. BF had no problem with that seeing as how we do not use them for food anyhow)

Voila! SUPER CUTE FITTED TEE !!! The arms kind of flare because of how I did it but that doesn't bother me. I like a little more room in the sleeves. The neck of the t-shirt used to choke me but now that the shirt is fitted and I took in the arm-pits the neck doesn't choke me at all.

P.S. I almost always look a bit between a smile and confusion when I take a photo of myself in the mirror.

 Using this as inspiration.

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