My favorite tee shirt tutorial ever. I literally have to stop myself from making this top every time my husband throws another one into the DI pile. Not only is it the most flattering top I’ve made and worn, but it is great for maternity and postpartum belly coverup too! Great top to feel comfy and casual in.
fabric marker or use pins
1. Try the tee shirt on inside out, pinch the sleeve and chest area equally on both sides of the tee shirt and mark with pins or a fabric marker. Then taper out to the desired width you want. With maternity, taper much more than the non-maternity top around the belly area.
Lay a tee shirt you like the fit of and mark the outline of the tee in just the chest and sleeve area on the bigger tee. Then taper out the desired width you want. With maternity, taper much more than the non-maternity top around the belly area.
2. Sew by following the markings and cut the excess off or serge the edges. Knit doesn’t fray so it is ok to cut without serging.
3. Fold in half so the side seams are lined up and touching. Cut the bottom into a round shape, starting with the center to be the longest and the side seams to be the shortest.
4. Hem the bottom by folding and sewing a straight stitchon the edge 3/4″ to 1″ under. Iron flat.
5. Cut out the ribbing from the neckline, and make the edges clean so it can be opened or unfolded. Then, pin and sew the edges right side together. So then it can be folded back in half with the raw edges hidden inside.
6. Match up the side seams and shoulder seams and cut out the neckline to be the desired deepness.
7. Pin and sew the neckline evenly around the newly cut neckline from the shirt with a straight stitch (if it isn’t going to be stretched much) or with a vari-overlock stitch or zig-zag stitch, right sides together.
***If your ribbing when stretched won’t fit around the neckline of the shirt or you don’t like the ribbing, then toss out the ribbing and fold the neckline from the shirt under 1/2″ to 3/4″ and sew at the edge.
8. Optional – topstitch the excess fabric from sewing the neckline and ribbing together down in front to make it look clean. Iron.