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Miss American Pie
« on: March 13, 2006 03:52:47 PM »

I made this cute baseball-ish tee out of two old shirts I didn't wear. It's way simpler and professional looking then the average tee-shirt reconstruction. I love how this style looks on me too.

That one's my favourite, but here are some other attempts and variations-

Both of those already had the print on them. I made the yellow one without the collar-ish thing. The collar is the hardest part, so I just skipped it there. I also used only one shirt for that one.

I made that one out of two "double-knit" type shirts. It didn't work very well because that stuff is so stretchy. the collar was especially screwed up. I love those colours though.

- Tutorial -

Ok, here's a picture of my pattern-

In case you're like me and you can't do anything without measurements of stuff, there you go. Also, in case you're on the metric system and you hate converting, there you go too (I know what it's like!). The red measurements are for the front piece and the blue is for the back piece.

The pattern pieces were made to be cut on the shirts' original hems, so if you're not cutting on the original hem, you need to leave room for that on both the sleeves and the main pieces.

Cut the back peice and the front piece so that they fit together. Cut the sleeves as opposites. There is also another piece I didn't cut a pattern for, and that's the collar piece. It should be about 2" wide and 24 1/2" long (that's 5 by 62 cm) or maybe wider if your material is thicker.

Sew your front and back pieces right-sides together along the sides.

Next, sew the short side of one of the sleeves to the front of the shirt, right-sides together. There will be an extra inch or so of sleeve; leave that at the arm-pit. Sew the long part to the back, r-s-t, with that extra inch or so in the arm-pit.

Check and make sure that looks right. It seems simple, but it can be tricky because the sleeves are opposites. Ok, now do the same thing for the opposite sleeve.

For that extra inch of sleeve, I know the pattern is pointy, but ignore that and sew the armpit part like this-

Now comes the collar. I've tried a couple different methods, so I'll try to explain the one that worked best. Since pictures say a thousand words, here's what it looks like in back-

and inside-

See how it has that little vertical seam? You have to pin the whole collar into place to measure exactly where that little seam will be. Then unpin everything and sew that seam. Then open that seam so it lies flatter. Then pin everything up again and stitch the whole collar on.

Oh, I never explained how to actually put the collar on. It's pretty self-explanatory though. Just fold it in half over the shirt, and then fold half of each half underneath. Make sense?

And yay, you have a cute shirt! If you have any questions, just ask.
« Last Edit: March 16, 2006 08:53:48 PM by Miss American Pie » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2006 03:56:38 PM »


« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2006 03:59:15 PM »

hey miss american pie,

those look great!  i love how raglan tshirts fit me, too (you know, with the sleeves stitched in on an angle like that)...do you have "before" pics showing what you made these out of?  did you stitch by hand or with a machine?  i'd never know they were re-con jobs and the fit is very flattering!

would love more details/pics.

nice work!


p.s.  i noticed your version of "favourite" has a "u" in it, making me think that despite your name, maybe you're from UK someplace, or australia?  : )  where do you live?
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2006 04:13:33 PM »

Wow! Those look so professional.
Miss American Pie
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2006 04:21:20 PM »

I made my own pattern for them.

I didn't take any before pictures, but here are some after shots of what's left--

They both might have some re-con potential left, so I didn't throw them away. They're both cotton-polyester blends. The navy one, which I made the main part out of, is large and the light blue one, for the sleeves and collar, in medium, I think. I machine stitched them, but it probably wouldn't be too hard to do by hand either, especially if you cut the pieces on the shirts' original hems.

P.S. Sorry, Rumble Pie, but I'm American. Haha, I was born in Michigan, and I've moved around alot. I spell favourite that way because I lived in Canada for a while. That's where I got the nickname Miss American Pie. It's also one of my favourite songs.

« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2006 06:49:50 PM »

cute, cute cute!!! I'd love a little tutorial on how to make the collar ???pleeeease!

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« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2006 09:21:38 PM »

so cute!  could you post your pattern?
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« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2006 09:36:19 PM »

Wow! Those are amazing! They look professional.

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« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2006 07:31:53 AM »

You're going to have a LOT of pattern/tute requests. Add mine to the list.

It's a great idea and some spiffy stitching missy!

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« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2006 10:30:37 AM »

These are great! Were you using the original collar or did you sew one together? And is the collar just regular jersey fabric or a special part like the existing seam?

Good job!
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