Do you ever buy a t-shirt that you just LOVE and wish you would have bought more of? That happened to me early this Fall. I bought a striped tunic-length v-neck tee that I loved the look and feel of. It didn’t come in the other colour I wanted (heathered grey), so I decided to copy and sew my own version! Here’s how I copied and sewed my favourite t-shirt, and how you can too.

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I chose a shirt with simple lines and elements that looked easy to replicate (like dolman sleeves and a simple neckline).

How to copy and sew your favourite t-shirt

Materials:

  • a simple t-shirt you want to replicate
  • a large roll / sheet of paper for pattern making
  • pen or pencil
  • hard ruler
  • scissors
  • rotary cutter
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • stretch knit fabric (I used a yard)

Directions:

Flatten the shirt and lay out the sleeves first on a large piece of paper. I like to use a large roll of drawing paper or parchment paper for pattern making.

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You can also tape smaller pieces of paper together as needed before you begin.

How to copy and sew your favourite t-shirt

Place the seam of the sleeves a 1/2″ from the edge of the paper, and then trace around the sleeves with a pen or pencil.

How to copy and sew your favourite t-shirt

Use a hard ruler to straighten the lines you’ve made.

How to copy and sew your favourite t-shirt

Add a half inch around the sides of the sleeve pattern to account for the seam allowance. I added an inch to the bottom of my sleeve just in case I wanted to fold it over.

How to copy and sew your favourite t-shirt

Fold the shirt in half, flatten it out, and lay it with the fold along the edge of your paper.

How to copy and sew your favourite t-shirt

Fold the sleeves in and trace along the edge of the shirt.

How to copy and sew your favourite t-shirt

For my shirt, I first traced the back and then the front which had a deep V neck.

How to copy and sew your favourite t-shirt

I used the same paper for both pieces and I simply cut the back piece first with the higher neckline, and then the front piece with the lower neckline.

How to copy and sew your favourite t-shirt

Straighten the lines if needed with a ruler, then add a 1/2″ seam allowance along the edges.

How to copy and sew your favourite t-shirt

Cut out the pattern, and lay it on the knit jersey fabric. Here, I folded my fabric and then laid the pattern along the fold. Cut one front and one back for your t-shirt. Repeat with the sleeve pattern & fabric.

How to copy and sew your favourite t-shirt

Sew the front and the back of your t-shirt together at the shoulder and the side seams using a 1/2″ seam allowance. I used a serger, but you could also use a sewing machine.

How to copy and sew your favourite t-shirt

Sew the underarm seam of each sleeve together, and then set each sleeve into the sleeve holes of the main t-shirt piece. Align the seams, pin, and sew. Make sure that the right sides of the fabrics are together!

How to copy and sew your favourite t-shirt

To finish the neck of my tee, I cut a strip of stretch knit that was about 2″ wide and 75% of the length of the entire neck opening of my tee.

How to copy and sew your favourite t-shirt

Then, I created the angle for the trim at the front of the V-neck by sewing the two ends of the strip together like this.

How to copy and sew your favourite t-shirt

Then I trimmed the notch like this.

How to copy and sew your favourite t-shirt

Next, I pinned the neck trim to the tee, stretching it as needed and matching the center backs and center fronts.

How to copy and sew your favourite t-shirt

I serged the neck trim to the tee.

For a quick finish, I simply serged around the raw edges of the arm holes and bottom of the t-shirt. You could also fold these over and sew a hem.

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All done!

Now I have TWO favourite tees that I wear all the time. Have you ever tried to copy & sew a fave wardrobe item?