Customizing Your Free T Shirt Pattern

I’ve had this material for years, maybe even decades.

I made the T-shirt as instructed, with a 1″ neckband.  All finished.  I could have put it in the closet, but i wanted to do something special with it.   I marked 1 1/2″ below the seam for the neckband and cut it off.

I measured around the neckline and subtracted 3″.  This material is very stretchy.  If it wasn’t, I would have subtracted about 1 1/2″.  With that measurement, I made a band that was 6″ wide.  Mark the center front, and make two 1/2″ buttonholes, 1″ apart, about 1/2″ below the fold line.  Sew the seam on the short ends, which is your center back.  Fold the band in half, and pin at front, back and sides.  I ran my tie through the neckband before I pinned and sewed it to the top, but you don’t have to. Serge around the neck.

I also made a sweatshirt-type front pocket.  I made a bottom band and sleeve bands, also 6″ wide (folded over and seamed, this is a band about 2 3/4″ wide).

The sleeve of this top can be tapered for a more snug fit.  In this case, I shortened the sleeve 3″ to accommodate the band, and gathered it a bit.

I finished the tie with beads.

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