Elisabeth over at  E Made This! has started a Sew-a-long. 12 t-shirts in 12 months. That’s a sew-along I actually have a chance of doing!

The idea is to be creative in the sewing of t-shirts. Maybe trying some new design details or new patterns. Or just doing new colours…

I want to do a lot of t-shirt pattern drafting, and the first one I’m working on is a boat neck kimono sleeved t-shirt – that has negative ease at the bust but skims loosely over the “cuddly bits” (as Celia – the fitting instructor – calls them). I started out drafting it for my personal measurements, but I soon realised that this would be a perfect free pattern to share with everybody.

{My printed pattern. I taped it together and then traced it..}

So instead of using my personal drafted pattern, I decided to alter a standard size like I normally would with a pattern. Only this time I also did a Full Bust Alteration for knit patterns (which I’ll explain in detail later in the month). It’s not really tissue fitting when working with patterns for knit fabrics, but you can still use a lot of the same alterations – you just need to measure for them differently.

{..so I could make a FBA and my usual forward shoulder alteration.}

Anyway. The light has been horrible today so I didn’t get any pics of the finished t-shirts. I’ve made almost 6 wearable basic t-shirts t-shirts from my new pattern (one needs hemming) – and that’s not counting my trial garments.

{Stitching in the ditch of the binding seam on a basic t-shirt}

I am a t-shirt machine:-)