Wednesday, June 7, 2017

bird print lark tee

I sewed a t-shirt! This was my first time sewing with knits, so I chose a simple pattern and an easy fabric. The pattern is Lark Tee by Grainline Studio, and the fabric is a cotton interlock from Jo-Ann. (I am just now realizing how thematically appropriate the bird print is for a pattern called "Lark.")

cozy birdhouse | bird print lark tee

I bought the pattern online as a PDF, which means I printed out the pieces at home and taped them together instead of buying an envelope with large tissue-y sheets of paper inside. I cut out a size 4, but I might try a size 2 next time.

I pinned and zig-zag stitched the sleeves and neckband in place before serging. For the straight seams (shoulders and sides), I just serged. For the hems, I serged the raw edge for stability before turning up and zig-zagging. I may attempt a double-needle hem in the future, but I really don't mind the zig-zag stitch look.

I put off doing this for a while, because I was anxious that I would have big issues sewing it. I bought the pattern 6 weeks ago! Fortunately, I didn't have any sewing problems and am really pleased with the finished item, so I see more handmade shirts in my future!

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