Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Trio of T-Shirts

For some reason, I had a large amount of brown knit fabric in my stash.  Some of it was a piece of ITY knit from Fabric Mart Fabrics.  The other was a rayon jersey.  I decided to try out my Sure Fit Designs dress kit to make a series of T shirts - long sleeve, short sleeve, and a tank; all with a different neckline.  Here are the results.

 This T-shirt has a fold over neckline.  I used the idea from a Jalie pattern.  To accomplish this, I transferred the front dart to the top and used, added a tab, gathered, and folded over.  Neckline finish is a bound edge with the same fabric.  Here is a close up of the front.
 For this T, I used an idea from a new Linda Rholfing booklet and used a ruched edging for the neckline.  You just cut out a strip, gather and sew.  There is no hemming.  I first turned down the neckline edge before adding the ruching.  This was actually the first shirt I made from my Sure Fit Designs blue print, and felt it should be longer.  I added a lace edge to the bottom, which I think gave it a little more styling and added the length I wanted.  It does have the darts from the dress kit.  Initially, I only went down one dot on my blue print, but because this ITY fabric is so stretchy, I took it in 1/2 inch on both sides and liked the results.

 Here's a close up of the ruched edging.  

Last but not least is a tank top using Glenda Sparling's instructions from the booklet she offered in February for free to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Sure Fit Designs.  The booklet will be a saleable item soon on the new Learning Center from Sure Fit Designs.  I highly recommend it.

I have several other T-shirts cut out, but certainly not in brown.  I believe I have four ready to sew plus a pair of capri length pajama pants ready to sew!


  1. What a great job! I so need to get this system. I would love to be able to design my own patterns that fit. Maybe next month I can order it.
    Thanks for sharing. I love seeing what you are creating.

  2. Wonderful tops - especially love the detail of the ruching. Capri PJ pants sound like a good idea. I've been thinking of that too.

  3. Great tops. You are having tremendous good work with your SureFit. I am going to purchase that one of these days. Seems like a good system.

  4. I'm :)this happy:) to see you sewing and blogging again! These tops are really nice. The neckline details make them interesting, and adding the lace to the shorter one was a good save. The fit is just perfect - and a good-fitting tank is always a good thing to own. Thanks for mentioning the Sure Fit system. I'm not familiar with it, but with results this good, it's worth looking into, for sure.
    I'm looking forward to your next projects!

  5. Love the neckline details and how quickly they change the look of each version. You will get heaps of wear out of these.