Clothing
A pair of feet with striped socks
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If you're looking for a sewing project that can provide some instant gratification (no judgments!), here's a suggestion: socks.
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sewing blue fabric with sewing machine
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If you're like us, your closet is likely littered with clothes that no longer fit, items that just aren't your style anymore, or things you simply forgot you had. But before you Marie Kondo the place and throw everything out, stop and ask yourself: Can I upcycle this? We bet the answer is yes — here are a few fun ways to get started.
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Ready to take your stitches up a notch? Learn to sew a classic camp shirt, a breezy short-sleeved button-up that's perfect for warmer weather. Expert sewist Peter Lappin shows you how, step by step.
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Front & Back
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You're ready to sew! Start your shirt by interfacing and finishing the edges of the front facings. Then form and stitch pleats for easy wearing in the back, and construct the pocket to attach later.
Yokes & Shoulder Seams
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Next, see how to quickly attach the yokes to the back and front of your shirt using the popular burrito method. Add an optional button loop at the neck for a convertible collar that you can wear open or closed.
Sleeves & Side Seams
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Easily insert the sleeves with a flat insertion method, then sew the sides of the sleeve and shirt in one step and complete it with a classic flat-felled seam finish. Afterwards, finish the lower edges of the sleeves with a neat hem or faux-cuff treatment.
Collar & Neckline Finishing
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With the sleeves attached and side seams complete, it's really starting to look like a shirt! Learn how to precisely stitch and press the shirt collar. Then attach it to the neckline and facings with Peter's pro tips.
Pocket, Hem & Finishing Details
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Your shirt is almost done! All that's left is to attach the pocket and finish the lower edge with a narrow hem. Add buttonholes based on your machine instructions, sew on buttons, and you're done!
Getting Started
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Learn all about the style known as the camp shirt, then learn about fabric and pattern choices (including vintage patterns), and tips for matching prints at the center front, a sign of a well-made shirt!
ruby mac wearing a pink circle skirt in front of white background
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If there are little aspiring sewists hanging out at home, we've got great news: there are plenty of projects for them to stitch! Pick your pattern, help 'em through the steps and work through each activity at a pace that works for them. Before you know it, you'll be crafting masterpieces left and right!
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