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Tshirt study

Added Feb 5, 2012

by joost52

Brussels, Belgium






Admittedly there is nothing very glamorous about making Tshirts, but I was surprised at how hard it is to make a Tshirt. Yes, it’s easy to make one. Very easy even. But not if you want to get it right. I drafted my own pattern and it took me a lot of time to get it to the point where I was happy with it. I’d share it with you but my laptop’s hard drive crashed and I’ve lost it :( Fortunately I still have the paper version of which these were made.
Once you have a pattern that suits you, making Tshirts is easy, except for one thing: the neckline. Oh boy the neckline is a pain in the neck. I still have a lot to learn before I’ll be able to make the perfect V-neck, but I’ve made a lot of progress already, and if I make a couple of dozen more of these I think I might just get it right.
As for the moment Brussels is covered under a blanket of snow, it’s a petty I won’t be able to show these any time soon.
More pictures via my blog sartorialdiy.com

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    Aug 9, 2012, 07.17 AMby calicia-1

    I know exactly what your talking about. I’ve been sewing a lot of knits lately and I’m surprised at how difficult it is to get it to fit right the first time. But your correct, after you have it down, it’s easy afterwards.

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    Mar 23, 2012, 12.21 PMby cweeks

    T-shirts are a challenge, I am working on it too. I think as a girl I have an advantage that I can just leave the neck line a raw edge and I think it is a little sexy as it stretches a little ;) Hope you find the perfect one some day but the hunt really is part of the fun, well sort of any way.

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    Feb 14, 2012, 05.27 PMby squarebob

    these are fab. i just decided not to finish my neck line on the te i made and just left the raw edge hangs head in shame might attempt it next time eek!

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      Feb 14, 2012, 06.24 PMby joost52

      Yeah I get that, it’s really sore to make a Tshirt and then ruin it with the neckline ;)
      But no guts no glory :)

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    Feb 7, 2012, 07.47 PMby Bartas DubLinski

    Gray with black stripes is my fav! I heard that the jersey is hard to work.

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      Feb 9, 2012, 02.25 PMby joost52

      The stretch makes it a bit harder to sew with. And it can also be a bit of a pain in the * to cut nicely. But it’s not the end of the world either ;)

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    Feb 7, 2012, 10.35 AMby sarahwau

    I like the t-shirts, especially the stripey one. I think a coverstitch machine helps but they are really expensive and only do the one stitch.

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      Feb 7, 2012, 07.23 PMby joost52

      I have one but I don’t use it for the neck line. Should I?

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    Feb 6, 2012, 01.27 AMby schnui

    These t-shirts look very good to me. I know the necklines are hard but there are a few simple mathematical rules to applying the neck band. If you google or you tube any question regarding knit sewing, I am sure you will get some good answers.

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      Feb 7, 2012, 09.36 AMby joost52

      That’s what I thought, but guess what: there’s not a single video on YouTube that shows clearly how to make a proper V-neck. None.
      There’s videos for everything but this, I have the feeling is some ancient secret ;)

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    Feb 6, 2012, 12.39 AMby jenss-1

    Great! I’m working on a similar project right now. I’ve just been making round u-neck shirts so far — which is probably not so difficult as a v-neck. (Just using a twin needle-I don’t have a serger or cover stitch machine). It was great too see your project and I’m glad to know I’m not the only person in quest of a perfect t-shirt fit!

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      Feb 7, 2012, 09.35 AMby joost52

      I don’t know if V-neck is harder, or if it’s just a personal thing but I found the round ones to be a bit easier. They are certainly faster!
      But hey, maybe Vs will be easy for you, you should try :)

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      Feb 7, 2012, 04.15 PMby jenss-1

      Thanks for your reply and encouragement, joost52. I was inspired by your project and I hope to try the v-necks some day too! In the meanwhile, I also saw your comment above about there being no YouTube video. I thought of this v-neck diagram on the Threads Magazine website, and just in case you or others are interested, it is here: http://www.threadsmagazine.com/assets/uploads/posts/3742/65-custom-t-shirt-11.jpg
      I’m not sure if it will help, but it is one way of doing it.
      The original article (more woman’s style oriented) is here: http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/3742/not-your-ordinary-t-shirt

      [Oops! The link is correct now, I think]

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      Feb 7, 2012, 04.18 PMby joost52

      Thanks for the tip, although it’s twice the same link it was still useful :)
      Also, it’s joost, the 52 is just my shoe size ;)

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    Feb 6, 2012, 12.06 AMby urbandon

    These a re great. Love the striped one. Yup, Necklines suck- they do get easier…. after about a hundred!

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      Feb 7, 2012, 09.34 AMby joost52

      That’s really good to know, only 92 to go :)

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    Feb 5, 2012, 11.27 PMby fashionfreek

    Excellent t-shirts.. Good neck work. Well done!

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      Feb 7, 2012, 09.33 AMby joost52

      You’re too kind, but I love it ;)

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    Feb 5, 2012, 08.02 PMby martinK

    hey guy, for me these are quiet perfect. The neckline is the reason why I don’t sew T-shirts :-) maybe I can get some lessons by you?

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      Feb 7, 2012, 09.33 AMby joost52

      Hmm, I think I would need more practice myself before teaching anything ;)

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    Feb 5, 2012, 07.52 PMby freakusbzzz

    Necklines suck! I’ve made three tops with necklines and they are slowly improving.

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      Feb 5, 2012, 08.01 PMby joost52

      OMG they suck! Glad we agree :) But I guess that practice makes perfect. One day, we’ll figure it out ;)

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    Feb 5, 2012, 07.51 PMby patti-r

    They are all Amazing, you did a great job, color choices and details!!!

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      Feb 5, 2012, 08.00 PMby joost52

      Thank you :) that’s very encouraging!

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    Feb 5, 2012, 05.16 PMby Hedieh

    I love their colors! you succeed in making neckline very well. you are professional ;)

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      Feb 5, 2012, 05.28 PMby joost52

      haha, you’re very cute when you lie ;)

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    Feb 5, 2012, 04.14 PMby Jeyco

    Your Tshirts are cute! I like the border one you are wearing. The V-neckline looks natural and beautiful to me. I look forward to seeing the Tshirt with perfect neckline:) and sorry about your laptop..

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      Feb 5, 2012, 05.27 PMby joost52

      Well they ain’t perfect, but I still like them better than the ones I buy :)
      And no worries about the laptop, I’ve done it before, I’ll do it again. And I should learn to take a backup ;)

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    Feb 5, 2012, 03.40 PMby Ralf Schmitz

    dear friend! i really like your t-shirts and have to say, that i do not find it very easy making them. at least not, if you want to make them of good quality with a nice neckline. i agree, that this is the most difficult part. i really like the last one with the strips the most, as i love the colors of that one. and i think, you did a wonderful job on those shirts! BRAVO!

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      Feb 5, 2012, 03.44 PMby joost52

      Thanks Ralf, you’re too sweet :)

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