Just perfect for a Saturday.
A day when you just want to slouch around in a comfy tee. Actually, that’s most days for me. :)
This tee affords you the comfort and bagginess that you like to get when you wear your husband’s T-shirt, but adds some femininity and style in the mix.
All you need is about 1 1/4 yards of lightweight knit fabric for a size medium shirt. I used a yard and wished I had just a little bit more length.
I am also using the wrong grain direction for this project so that I could save on fabric, but it doesn’t really matter since it is supposed to be worn larger and doesn’t rely on the stretch quite as much. The main purpose for using knit is the wear-ability of it and the draping qualities. I imagine you could make this top with a light flowing satin/silk material or a soft sheer if you widen the bottom a little.
Edited to add: Really. This held up fine for a few wears, but because it was cut off grain, it twisted and bugged me the more it was washed. So lesson learned. Don’t try to cut corners. Just get another half yard, cut on grain and proceed… ;)
Here’s how I did it:
Make sure, as you cut the shirt, that you make the bottom of the shirt about as narrow as one of your normal cotton tees.
Also…You’ll see above that I evened the sleeves out a bit before I serged up the sides and shoulders.
Now hem the bottom, sleeves, and neckline with a double needle. Be sure to lengthen your stitch to 3.5. Notice that I used my gray serger thread for the job, cause I’m cheap like that. :)
This tutorial from No Big Dill is a very helpful resource about how to use a double or twin needle.
I didn’t serge my raw edges first because knit doesn’t fray, but now I wish I took the time to do that step because it looks cleaner and helps it not roll over your hem.
As I explained in the beginning, one yard of fabric was too short for my taste…
So I added the bottom of another T-shirt I have in my stash (I collect old tees to use for fabric) and brought the sides in a titch more.
My husband took these pictures for me…thanks honey! He joked that I looked like a teenager. But really, people don’t often pin me as someone who looks 28.
I wonder why…
:) Have a good day!