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My First Shirt - The Cowl Neck Top

Added Nov 19, 2009

by nettie

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I made a shirt!!

I was thinking, here I am making all of these skirts and dresses in November. What the hell?

I didn’t use a pattern.
I cut the pieces out of polyester knit using my sister’s shirt (the black one in the pics) as a guide.
Her top has a round-ish neckline, while I cut mine more in a V. Thus the deeper neckline.
This is another $1.95 a yard steal.
It is shiny as hell on the actual right side, so I used the wrong side.

This shirt is also VERY warm.
I didn’t even wear a sweater today, which was just as well. It’s warm and shows sweat stains well.

Also, the first sleeves I cut were comically tight!
I will take a pic tomorrow.
Seriously, doctors could use them as tourniquets!

I also learned to stretch the fabric while sewing, I busted almost the entire bottom hem getting into this the first time.
Picking out the seam was not fun at all.

Lesson: Streeeeetch a LOT while sewing.

Material Notes

polyester knit




Garment Type
Casual, Classic
Knits/Jersey, Polyester

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    Nov 21, 2009, 04.49 AMby soonsoon

    oooo I like! It looks great and comfy too.

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    Nov 20, 2009, 11.21 PMby jacqueline smith

    I love this…I think the very fitted shape of the body and sleeves contrast fantastically with the drapey cowl!! I get my fabric from fabric.com, and also from a designer fabric outlet we have here called Golden D’or, You should check out your fabric district for deals…I bet you have some awesome places!! I use the double needle on my machine to hem knits. I first reinforce the edge to be hemmed with heat—bond light, or with stitch witchery (I like heat n bond light best) then go over it w/ the double needle. Also when double needle hemming, you don’t have to fold it twice, b/c the stitches on the back will encompass your raw edge. :) I love this top, thanks for sharing!!

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      Nov 24, 2009, 01.51 AMby nettie

      Thanks for the compliment and the tips!!
      I have felt too intimidated to go into the garment district in the past, but now that I know more about fabric content and such I think I will take a look around ;0)

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    Nov 20, 2009, 07.26 PMby tatuswelle


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    Nov 20, 2009, 10.03 AMby elisana

    wow! looks great! I’ve been trying to make t-shirts for my daughter and found that what works for me is to use a narrow zigzag to make hems. i thought it didn’t look good at first, but now i think it looks cute, and the seam stretches – the jersey fabric i have got all wavy when i stitched it stretched, it was cotton. if only i had a machine that did coverstitch… ahhhhhh

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      Nov 20, 2009, 09.58 PMby oscarthegrouch108

      try using a twin needle in your regular machine. it does a stitch that looks very similar to the cover stitch, without the expensive machine!

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    Nov 20, 2009, 05.08 AMby smallone

    nice classic basic – elegant dress up or down piece – looks great on you too :)

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    Nov 20, 2009, 03.39 AMby stylenanda

    I like how it is fitting. Looks great! By the way, Which fabric store did you go?

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      Nov 20, 2009, 04.39 AMby nettie

      Thanks!! I order from Fabric.com most of the time.

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    Nov 20, 2009, 02.03 AMby merbecky

    great job!

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