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You may know from reading my profile about my sewing beginnings. I’ve really been sewing since I was quite young. I sewed at home, making clothes for dolls and matching clothes for myself (with my mothers help). I took several courses and independent studies in high school, where I actually made a doll that looked like myself (picture coming soon!), amongst other things like prom dresses, backpacks, quilts. . .

Then I started my undergraduate studies in Fashion Design, sewing suits, dresses, gowns, skirts, and, as a result of a student organization I was in, vests for the puppets of a local puppet theater. But not until I began here at BurdaStyle have I had the opportunity to sew both complicated and beautiful garments but also to sew those simple things that I always wear, but for some reason, had never made. This week, I finally tackled a t-shirt, which you will have the opportunity to tackle too, very shortly! Its such a basic garment, I suppose I just overlooked it as a sewing project. So, off I go, quickly sewing up a t-shirt. How easy, I think to myself. Until, duhn duhn duhn. . . The rib knit band! How have I never learned how to do this before? I suppose in school you are taught couture sewing and ready-to-wear, but what about the sports wear. What happens when you find yourself unsure of how to finish something as painfully simple as a T-SHIRT! Well, you figure out how to do it. . . and do it successfully. Since I finally learned this skill, I thought I should share it with you all. So here it is, the How To I should have learned ages ago. And here’s a little warning: It’s a super easy process, but it involves a little math! So keep a calculator or pen and paper handy when you decide to tackle this one.


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    Oct 22, 2007, 06.17 AMby maha1965

    i worked in t-shirt factory for sometime i know that we need speacial machines to do it right .can we use regular machines

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    Jul 27, 2007, 07.58 PMby nikkishell

    Thanks for this great how-to Nayantara!

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    Jul 27, 2007, 11.49 AMby squirrellypoo

    ooh! I’m so excited we’re getting a teeshirt pattern! I know it’s quite a boring basic, but it’ll be such a great use of leftover knits…

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