Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sew Weekly Challenge: Orange or "My Signature Shirt"

 I have said many times before that orange is my signature color.  I could not have been more excited about this challenge.  Seriously.  A whole challenge about the color of my dreams?  The possibilities were literally endless.

And I chose to make a t-shirt.

I used one of the first patterns I EVER bought - New Look 6817.  The version I used offered five knit shirt options, but I cannot find a picture of it online anywhere (jeez...when did I buy this?!).  I had never used it, and I thought it was high time.  I had just enough of this fabulous orange jersey in my stash to squeeze out a shirt.  I used the Sew Weekly sleeve pattern for the sleeves.  
I'm showing off my epic crutch arms.  I am buff now.  It's interesting.

A close up of the side gathers.  There are gathers on each side seam, and it adds a little pizazz to the shirt.  I dig it.

I used white thread.  I don't know how I ended up with five spools of white, but some serious stash/thread busting needs to be done.

Just to make up for the lack of imagination with the first outfit, I made... another shirt.  It doesn't have orange in it, but it is SUPER colorful.

I used Simplicity 2570 and used the Sew Weekly sleeve pattern since the shirt was originally designed as sleeveless.  The fabric is the most wild and fabulous silk.  

Please pardon the crease - I cannot find our iron.  It's in a box in a room and I haven't the foggiest.

Flowers, geometric designs, and some crazy swirls that look vaguely familiar...

I did the Mena Trott test where I basted the side and saw if I could wiggle in without adding a zipper.  I definitely could, which makes this one of the easiest projects I've tackled in a while.  I spent the most time on the seam finishes, where I used my oh so favorite method listed here (by the amazing Sunni).

 There's going to be a great amount of stash busting happening in the next several posts.  I still have boxes of fabric in storage and the new and improved fabric closet is overflowing onto the floor.  Must. Sew. Faster.

Friends, have you ever sewn t-shirts?  Or do you prefer to buy them?  Let me know in the comments - I'd love to know if you have a tried and true shirt pattern!

Have a great week, all!!


  1. Cute tops! :-)

    I make a lot of my own t-shirts - I did a pattern drafting course years ago and drafted a basic knit fabric top pattern there that I always go back to. They're very simple to draft - I'll see if I can dig out my notes and send 'em to you so you can give it a try if you like.

  2. I Love them both!!! It's nice when things come together! I've never sewn a t-shirt...yet.....still haven't really tackled any knits yet either!

  3. Love this. I never even tought of trying to make one.. maybe I should. love the colous

  4. I must confess that I own Sew U: Home Stretch and have never made a thing out of it! I think I just prefer to thrift t-shirts, especially with knit fabric being scarce here. Love yours, though! And that shade of's a dream!

  5. very cute T.shirts, you have been busy, but I don't expect anything less from you Meg! I love to make T. shirts, I find fabric shops have far more interesting prints and oftern better quality than I can afford to buy from a shop. Not only that T.shirts have endless variations, I LOVE THEM!!

  6. Both shirts are seriously cute! I love the orange fabric! Sadly, orange doesn't flatter my complexion *at all*... Hehe, love the Mena test, too!

  7. Love to make tees. I use a basic Stretch and Sew pattern, that allows me to have: 1. a waist 2. shoulders that fit 3. many different necklines 4. sleeves that are big enough around and not too long.

  8. I love the cute gathered detail on the orange one. Have you had that other fabric for long? I think those swirls made an imprint in your brain, especially since the pink is practically the same colour too!

  9. Loving the neckline on these! And the prints are awesome. I'm kicking myself for missing the orange challenge! My favorite color!