The Artful T-Shirt
Discover techniques for sewing a T-shirt that looks like it came from a boutique! Join pattern designers Marcy and Katherine Tilton as they share techniques for mixing fabrics, textures and finishing details. They'll begin class by showing you design variations for the included Vogue 9057 pattern and help you plan your custom garment. Then, learn how to choose the perfect knit fabric and mix and match prints like a designer. Ready to try something new? Make a T-shirt fabric collage as you get tips for placing prints, creating stylish seam finishes and marking your pattern pieces. Next, discover how to add texture to your shirts with double-layered mesh. You'll even explore chic neckline variations with a stand-up collar, cowl neckband and twisted cowl. Finish class by adding designer touches such as binding and contrasting slit cuffs.
Sisters Katherine and Marcy Tilton work together at their individual sewing studios in rural Oregon. Marcy is a sewing industry maven and Vogue pattern designer with a passion for design and sewing who hosts an inspiring website featuring a finely curated fabric collection. Katherine designs her own line of patterns for Butterick and Vogue and teaches creativity workshops focused on sewing and surface design techniques. Together, they host a popular design orientated Paris tour.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Marcy and Katherine Tilton and get an overview of the pattern included with your class. This flattering French-cut T-shirt is fitted through the bust, then skims the rest of the body. Katherine and Marcy encourage you to experiment with proportion, harmony and balance as you plan your tee.
Follow Marcy and Katherine's suggestions for choosing a knit that is at or slightly above your skill level for your first project. You'll learn design principles for mixing prints and textures, get tips on yardage and learn about pretreating fabric before laying out and cutting pattern pieces.
Making collages is fun! Katherine guides you through creative and flattering ways to create a T-shirt collage with fabric. Get tips for playing around with the placement of prints, see how to mark your pattern pieces and and get some ideas for creative seam finishes.
Give your wardrobe a dash of pizzazz with a mesh tee. Marcy explains how to cut out and sew a double-layered mesh T-shirt, with tips for finishing edges and stabilizing shoulders. Add a raw-edge neckband with matching cuffs in a contrasting fabric with Marcy's guidance.
Katherine shares a variety of neckband treatments to make your tees unique. Try a stand-up collar in different widths, then play with cowl necklines. The twisted cowl is a fun effect and great for beginners because it's so forgiving. Katherine walks you through sewing it.
Save the rolled selvages of your knits and repurpose them as neckbands. Marcy shows you how to prepare and sew the neckband, finishing it with twin-needle topstitching. Then, give the twisted neckband a try using Marcy's techniques for a smooth fit and chic look.
Follow along with Katherine to create sleeves you love with designer touches. You can add slit cuffs in the same or contrasting fabric simply by modifying your pattern pieces. Then, Marcy demonstrates a faced convertible sleeve with a binding at the bottom. Roll up your sleeves and enjoy!