Kicking off MeMadeMay’16 with my first T-shirt ever

I never really thought of making a T-shirt… How is that? Well, my thought process was always: I can create a couture outfit, for less than I can buy it in store, but as for T-shirts, is it really worth the hassle? Not sure if it is or not, but I happened to like these two fabrics together and I could not think of a better apparel piece than a nice summer shirt made out of it!

Kicking off MeMadeMay’16!

Well, this month is promising to be interesting –  I have barely any clothing left in my wardrobe that I did not make myself (couple of cardigans, a pair of jeans and some fall/winter jackets). Everything else is made with my two hands 🙂 I am super excited to share my MeMadeMay’16 journey, so tag along on Instagram, Pinterest and Bloglovin. See ya there!

DIY Tshirt from GoAskAlisa

Pattern: I did not use any pattern this time, instead I used already existing T -shirt that I got as a gift from my mom. I folded it in half, placed it on fabric and cut with 1 inch seam allowance. It was pretty straight forward, since this t-shirt only had 2 pattern pieces: front and back. I must say, I am not a fan of “free-handing” but once you gain certain  confidence in your sewing skills – it can be interesting!

Fabric: first of all, this T -shirt is made out of 2 fabrics layered one on top of another. First fabric is peach stripped jersey and second is white petal pattern jersey. I just happened to brain over fabric combinations and loved the result. It might seem a little odd at first, but I LOVE everything unique! As always –  I happened to find this fabric at Wal-Mart for $1.5 per yard… so this t-shirt probably cost me to make about $2.

Skills: intermediate. You have to be comfortable to sew without a pattern and with knit jersey.

Remarks: I really enjoyed making this T -shirt and after wondered why I haven’t made one sooner. Layering 4 fabrics was complicated at times, but all in all I love the final product. These fabrics have a very soft hand, which super nice on skin. I will be making more!

Accessories: I had this cute necklace, that was  Christmas gift from one of my co-workers – it fit right into the color combination. Love the way it looks!

DIY Tshirt from GoAskAlisa 2

DIY Tshirt from GoAskAlisa BACK

DIY Tshirt from GoAskAlisa detail

DIY Tshirt from GoAskAlisa side detail

DIY Tshirt from GoAskAlisa 1


10 thoughts on “Kicking off MeMadeMay’16 with my first T-shirt ever

  1. I love this! So simple and stylish. I’ve always felt the same about sewing basics like t-shirts, but I’ve come to realise that saving money is not really the reason I sew – materials for a couture dress can add up quickly anyway – plus the satisfaction of creating basics and having a fully functioning handmade set of clothes is pretty hard to beat 🙂


    1. Oh yes, definitely, I feel the same way, but sometimes I still have the voice of practicality speaking so loudly, especially when I am fabric shopping with my husband 😀


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