How to sew a woven t-shirt (step by step with PDF pattern)

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Woven Tee

Woven Tee

If you’re new to sewing, or just want to make something that you can sew and wear the same day, this tee is just the thing. The simple shape makes it easy to sew and it can be made up in any lightweight woven fabric such as linen, cotton lawn or even a double gauze – all of which are easy to handle and perfect for stress-free sewing.

This is a pattern that you can draft straight from your own body measurements, making it totally unique to you. Once you have your pattern you can make as many as you choose, in whatever colour or fabric takes your fancy. It’s incredibly versatile – the ultimate wardrobe staple. Pair it with jeans when you want to dress down, or with a flowing, calf-length skirt or smart trousers for a chic evening out. 

Fabric Choices

Use any lightweight woven fabric such as linen, cotton lawn or even a double gauze. see (Everything You Need To Know About Fabrics)

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YOU WILL NEED

  • 1.5m (11/2yd) woven fabric, 150cm (60in) wide
  • Matching thread
  • Basic sewing kit (see Tools and Equipment)

PATTERN INVENTORY

  • Front – cut 1 on the fold
  • Back – cut 1 on the fold
  • Bias cut strips for binding

1. Trace off the two pattern pieces, front and back, then add a 1.5cm (5/8in) seam allowance to the shoulder line, side seam and hem.

2. Cut out the pattern pieces, following the lay plan.

3. Staystitch around the neckline on the front and back (see General Sewing Techniques: Machine stitching).

4. Place the front and back right sides together. Match up the shoulder seams and pin. Sew and neaten the seam allowances together (see General Sewing Techniques: Neatening seams). Press the seam to one side.
How to sew a woven t-shirt (step by step with PDF pattern)


5. Join all the bias strips together to make one long piece: Placethe first strip right side up horizontally. Place the second strip right side down vertically across the right-hand end of the first strip. Sew from top left to bottom right where the two strips cross (a). Trim the seam allowance to just under 1cm (3/8in). Press the seam open (b).

6. Measure around the neckline. Cut off a length of bias strip 2cm (3/4in) longer than this measurement.

7. Join the short ends of the bias strip with a 1cm (3/8in) seam. Press the seam open. Fold the bias strip to find the mid and quarter points. Mark them with a pin or water-soluble marker.

8. Fold the neckline to find the centre back and center front points, and mark with a pin or a water-soluble marker. Now fold to find the quarter points and mark in the same way.

9. With the right side of the binding to the wrong side of the top, match the binding seam to the centre back. Match up the rest of the centre and quarter points and pin in place.

10. Ease the binding around the neckline so that it sits neatly and pin it in place. Sew with an 8mm (a scant 3/8in) seam allowance. Press the binding up, away from the top.
 
How to sew a woven t-shirt (step by step with PDF pattern)

11. Fold the binding over the right side of the top and tuck under the raw edge so that it just covers the first row of stitching. Pin in place. Edge stitch the binding in place from the right side of the top (see General Sewing Techniques: Machine stitching). This means you can keep the finish nice and neat.

12. Neaten the curved hem edge and press 1cm (3/8in) to the wrong side. Topstitch in place (see General Sewing Techniques: Machine stitching) and press to finish.

13. With right sides together, sew the side seams and neaten the seam allowances together. Press the seam allowances to one side.

How to sew a woven t-shirt (step by step with PDF pattern)

14. Starting and finishing at the side seam, sew a double row of long gathering stitches around the sleeve (see General Sewing Techniques: Machine stitching).

15. Measure loosely around your elbow while it’s flexed. Cut two lengths of bias strip 2cm (3/4in) longer than this measurement for the sleeve bindings.

16. Attach the sleeve bindings in the same way as the neck binding in step 6, lining up the binding seam with the side seam and the midpoint of the binding with the shoulder seam. Gently gather up each side of the sleeve to fit the binding. Spread the gathers out evenly, then stitch in place.

17. Finish the binding in the same way as the neckline. Any visible gathering threads can be gently removed by pulling them through with a pin.

How to sew a woven t-shirt



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