DIY t-shirt and pattern
An easy way to draft your own t-shirt pattern and use it to make a simple but pretty lacy t-shirt.
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First, you'll need one of your favorite t-shirt as the basis for your pattern. I used this one, since the fit was just snug enough, and I loved where the sleeves hit me. I wanted to create a pattern that was not too comfortable, easily customizable, and simple to sew.
Fold your t-shirt (I recommend t-shirts with very short sleeves) in half and put it onto a sheet of paper. I used a roll of baking paper as my tracing material. Trace the contour of the t-shirt (pink line on the photo above). After tracing, remove the shirt, and make all the alterations you like. Deduce the width of the binding from the armholes and neckline. I also widened the neckline a bit.
First, cut our your pattern pieces. Also cut three long 5cm wide strips of the base fabric to be used later as binding for the neckline and armholes. Once all the pieces are cut, start putting them together.
Below you can see a picture where the numbers represent the order in which to preferably sew your seams. Start with sewing together the lower and upper part of the t-shirt (nr 1 below). Then sew one shoulder seam (nr 2 below). When using jersey fabrics, especially lace, it's always a good idea to reinforce the shoulder seams to prevent them from stretching out. I used lace elastic. Simply sew it into the seam, at the same time pulling it slightly.
After the first shoulder seam, attach the armhole binding on that side (nr 3 below). Fold a strip of fabric in half and sew to the raw edge pulling it slightly as you go (picture 5 above). Then do the same with the neckline (nr 4 below).
Now sew the other shoulder seam (nr 5 below), then the other armhole (nr 6 below), an then the sideseams (nr 7 below). NB! If you're using the same method of binding for the hem, then sew one side seam, then the binding, and then the other side seam. If you're using a twin needle or a cover stitch to finish off the hem, do it before the side seams, or at the very end.