This has got to be the longest I’ve ever taken to photograph and share something I’ve sewn. I made these t-shirts as soon as the weather got cold last fall, and they have been my daily uniform since.
I’ve worn them so much that it was hard to find a moment when they were all clean enough to photograph, and they are already showing signs of wear. I consider this a good thing. I would rather them fall to pieces from the love they get, than to have them get dusty hanging in my closet.
I used the same Jalie pattern that I’ve posted about before (as the mid-length sleeve tees and the maternity tanks). It’s so great to have a trusty pattern to fall back on. This time I lengthened the sleeve to full-length, and adjusted the shirt length again to long, but-not-maternity-long.
I was really disappointed that my maternity tank tops kept popping their bottom hem stitches. This convinced me to purchase a cover-stitch machine right before I sewed these t-shirts. (I’ll post an in depth review another time.) It was so lovely to sew these t-shirts up with just the right machines for the job.
I timed myself sewing a t-shirt with all these great tools, and I discovered I can sew a t-shirt from first cut to completion in 1 hour and 15 minutes. That’s faster than I could drive to a clothing store to buy one. I’m not saying this too brag though. (Well, maybe a little bragging). This can be just another reason for sewing your own basic wear. Sewing for yourself is usually more expensive and sometimes incredibly time-consuming, but in this case the fit, quality, and convenience more than made up for those costs.
Jalie T-Shirt Project Details
- Measurements: High Bust – 41 in; Bust – 43.5 in; Waist – 42; Hips – 52 in; Height – 5 ft 10 in
- Fabric: Robert Kaufman laguna jersey (solids); Art Gallery jersey knit from the “Bound” collection; floral print french terry from Wanderlust Fabrics
- Jalie 3245 – View A
- Size: Y graded to size DD in hips and biceps
- Added 10.5 inches to length of sleeve to make long sleeve
- Added 3 inches to shirt length at hem
What about you? What makes (or would make) sewing your own clothes “worth it”?