Shirtmaking
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!
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.
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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.
Peter Lappin
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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.
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!
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.
striped pink T-shirt with a long diagonal dark pink bottom
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It happens: Sometimes your favorite T-shirt gets a hole near the hem. But that doesn't mean you have to throw it away! This project takes care of that pesky tear while giving your garment a fresh new look.
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gray T-shirt with white sheer back on a mannequin
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You know that old T-shirt that's tucked away in the back of your closet? The one you never wear, but for some reason can't get rid of? Grab it and shake off those moth balls — it's time to give it new life! In this upcycle, you'll transform that plain T into a fabulous summer top by adding a sheer back panel. (You could also use a colored fabric that contrasts well with your shirt). Best part: You'll be done in three (count 'em — three!) easy steps.
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Shirt Collar
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Sure, you can sew a shirt collar no problem. But does it always have that crisp, snappy look? If not, you may be missing out on a major secret: trimming.
Beth Galvin
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