When shopping for clothes, I am forever in search of tee shirts with the perfect amount of scoop in the neckline.
Usually, I can find only tee shirts with necklines that are either:
A) entirely too high, and which cover my collar bones, or
B) entirely too low, which would require me to wear layering tees beneath them.
Since I don’t look good in high-necked tee shirts and I dislike wearing layers beneath low-necked tee shirts, I was driven—driven, I tell you!—to start sewing my own tee shirts.
I Made a Pattern
I used this tutorial on YouTube to make a pattern of my favorite tee shirt.
I Bought Fabric
I bought a yard of cotton-polyester knit interlock fabric on sale at my local JoAnn craft store, which I prewashed and dried.
I Cut the Fabric
I laid out the fabric on my kitchen table, pinned on the pattern pieces, and traced them with a fabric marker. Then, I used my fabric shears to cut out the pieces. I labeled all the pieces and noted the wrong side of each piece so as not to mix them up.
I Sewed the Fabric
I pinned the pattern pieces wrong sides together and sewed them together using my very basic sewing machine. (It’s a Singer Advance.)
Because I was sewing knit fabric, I used a ball point needle, which is designed to more easily pierce the weave of knit fabric. And again, because I was sewing knit fabric, I used stitches that stretch. I used the overedge stitch programmed on my machine to sew the tee shirt seams and I used a narrow zigzag stitch to sew the neckband onto the tee shirt.
I Made a Tee Shirt!
Here is the finished tee shirt. Note the perfect amount of scoop in the neckline!