Shirtmaking
detail shot of floral hand embroidery pattern around the collar of a gray t-shirt with stabilizer
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It's a given: 88 percent of T-shirts end up in the back of your closet. But before you Marie Kondo said closet, bring those shirts to the forefront. These upcycle projects are simple to make and will refresh your garments so they're oh-so-ready to wear again.
Bluprint
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
Hands Using Sewing Machine
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If you find that some patterns are a tad too snug in the sleeves, don’t blame your arms — they’re just fine! The problem is the pattern. Commercial patterns are designed to fit average proportions. And not everyone is average, or wants to be. Fortunately, reworking the upper arm of a pattern to fit your dimensions is a quick and easy fix.
Beth Galvin
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Sew a button-up shirt in just three hours.
Janet Pray
Janet Pray
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Sew sleeves that look and feel fabulous from cap to cuff. Learn designer techniques for setting in sleeves, incorporating ready-to-wear details, finishing and more.
Sara Alm
Sara Alm
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Make standard shirt patterns extraordinary by incorporating ready-to-wear details. Learn how to create custom collars, cuffs, sleeve plackets, hems and more.
David Page Coffin
David Page Coffin
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Make every neckline you sew a gorgeous focal point! Achieve designer-quality results with a variety of techniques for collars, plackets, closures and more.
Sara Alm
Sara Alm
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Take your patternmaking skills all the way to the top. Learn to draft nine collar variations, finishing details and two types of button plackets.
Suzy Furrer
Suzy Furrer
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