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DIY T-Shirt: Part One

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Earlier this summer, I was browsing around Anthropologie, and there were so many fun summer t-shirts that I wanted but didn't want to pay for. Thus began the DIY T-Shirt Project. 

Luckily, I have a wonderful friend, named Karen, who has a serger or overlock machine (and who refuses to be pictured). The machine creates (look at the seam on the inside of your shirt) an inside shirt seam, actually overlocking the stitch around the fabric. And together, Karen and I started a Sewing Night. We invited our friends to join, eat dinner, and drink wine with us while we worked on our sewing projects. 

What You Need to Do Before You Even Start Sewing: 

1. Order fabric and thread

It turns out that knit fabrics are difficult to find! I ordered my fabric from Girl Charlee, and Karen ordered hers from Harts Fabric

Fortunately, thread isn't as difficult to come by, and it's fairly inexpensive; you can order it on Amazon.  

2. Make a pattern from your favorite t-shirt

Once my fabric arrived, I got really excited about sewing, but even when you have your fabric, there's still a lot of prep to do. 

Most importantly, you need a pattern. I used One Little Minute's tutorial to create two t-shirt patterns: one from a basic v-neck J. Crew tee and one from a flowly Anthrologie tee. 

3. Cut your fabric 

Make sure that you have good scissors for this! One tip I learned that helps a lot is to spread out your spare change on top of the tracing paper and fabric to hold the pattern in place. 

And, of course, you need to make sure you're gracious to your host if you aren't using your own serger. Stock up on his/her favorite variety of wine.