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10 T-shirt Patterns for the entire family

If your family is anything like mine, T-shirts are a wardrobe staple. Great for school, play clothes, exercising, or even with a pair of jeans a heels for a night out! Here are ten T-shirt patterns for your entire family.

10 t-shirt patterns

 

1. Anytime At All Tee from Shwin Designs

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This kid’s tee is super versatile – the smaller sizes come as a bodysuit, and the larger sizes have plain or ruffle options, as well as a couple different sleeves. It’s available in sizes 3mos – 8yrs.

2. Union St Tee from Hey June Patterns

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This women’s pattern is next on my to-sew list. I basically live in this type of tee, and you have four different sleeve options and can make a scoop or v-neck. It’s available in sizes XXS – XXL.

3. The Trifecta Top from Kitschy Coo

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Amanda is a knit sewing genius, so when she makes a pattern, it’s going to be good. It’s available in 8 different sizes.

4. Free Men’s T-shirt pattern from Melly Sews

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Because the man in your life needs T-shirts too, right?

5. Easy Tee free pattern from It’s Always Autumn

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This free pattern is available in a size large, and Autumn shows you lots of ways to make it just the way you like it!

6. Recess Raglan from See Kate Sew

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I’ve made the Recess Raglan a bunch of times (see more of my version above here), and each time I love it more. There are quite a few option for this one too, and it’s available in sizes 18mos-8yrs.

7. The Tumble Tee from Imagine Gnats

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The Tumble Tee is a super cute color block tee, and even has a dress option. It’s available in sizes 6mos-10yrs – as either a PDF or a paper pattern.

8. Day Camp Set – a free t-shirt and shorts pattern from Peek-a-boo Patterns (affiliate link)

IMG_1503__98004.1406729833.800.1000This is a great basic t-shirt, and bonus – it comes with shorts too! It’s available in sizes 2T – 5T.

9. Vintage V-neck from Blank Slate Patterns (affilate link)

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This tee, in true Blank Slate Patterns form, comes together beautifully. I love a good v-neck, and the instructions make it easy to do. This one is available in sizes 18mos – 8yrs.

10. Casual Lady from Go To Patterns

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This is one of my favorite for-me patterns, and I’ve sewn it ohsomany times. You can see a few of my versions here.You can make it a top or a dress (which I’ve also sewn, but have yet to blog), and it’s so comfortable! It’s available in sizes XXXS – XXL.

 

This really is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to T-shirt patterns – I had a hard time choosing just ten! Many of these designers have others so you can make your perfect tee, so click around their shops to find what you like. If you have a favorite t-shirt pattern, leave it in the comments so we can all check it out!

Happy sewing, friends!

 

DIY geometric typography tee [a tutorial]

My friend Stacey at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy asked me to join in on her Fashionable Type series – celebrating all kinds of typography in fashion. I had a few ideas right away, but with the Straight Lines and Angles series still in my head, I decided to go geometric again.

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I was inspired by this amazing typography, and I used some scraps of striped knit to create a similar design.

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I made my T-shirt out of some absolutely delicious Ponte de Roma knit from Girl Charlee, though this could be done on a store-bought tee as well. Here are the super easy steps…

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1. Cut out the letters from knit scraps and iron lightweight interfacing on the back.

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2. Trim any extra interfacing

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3. Pin the letters onto the shirt’s front. If you’re sewing the shirt, do this before you sew the front and back together. I like to pin the corners to keep the letters from shifting around.

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4. Then carefully top-stitch the letters onto the fabric. Go slowly and carefully so they don’t shift out of place. Since knit doesn’t fray, you don’t have to worry about finishing the edges of your letters. A ready-to-wear shirt will be a little bit trickier to maneuver in your machine, but if you go slowly, it should be no problem. :)

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A couple notes about this knit… I LOVE Ponte de Roma knits. They’re quickly becoming my favorite. They sew together gloriously and are super comfortable. My tunic that I made out of stripey Ponte de Roma (also from Girl Charlee) is one of my favorite handmade garments. Plus, how fun is this vibrant orange?!

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Funny side note: I actually made this shirt for my two-year-old. But trying to get a two-year-old to wear something when he doesn’t want to… yeah, that’s not a battle I’m willing to fight. Lucky me, I have another boy waiting in the wings who is more than willing to let me take his photo and just a wee bit taller than the aforementioned toddler.

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This is fun, right? ;)

The Fashionable Type Button

Now make sure you pop over to Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy to see the giveaway for Dead Ringer Designs, which has some sweet t-shirts, and to enter the link party.. and see what kind of typography fun A Jennuine Life for the series today too!

Sewing a Secret Sunglasses Pocket

Did you see the announcement that the Sew In Tune series is coming back to Melly Sews and Boy, oh Boy, oh Boy? I had so much fun last time, and I’ll be back again this year! As I’m prepping for my post, I realized that I never shared my full post here on my blog! Woops… so a year later, here it is. :)

The first song that popped into my mind for this series was Sunglasses at Night, sung by Corey Hart. Classic 80s, my friends. Oh how I love the 80s.

DSC_0363My three-year-old adores wearing sunglasses. When he wears them outside, he usually insists on keeping them on when he comes inside too, so I thought this would be a fun one to design for him.

DSC_0337I grabbed some fun rockstar knit fabric for the shirt and added a sunglasses applique that has a little secret to it. Keep reading for details on that. I also have a tutorial on the pants, made out of an unlikely fabric choice for a boy!

DSC_0365The jacket is upcycled from a pair of pants [that attract a LOT of lint] and is a self-drafted pattern…

5133X4BYPYL._SL500_SS500_…inspired by this Corey Hart album cover. Every rockstar needs a rockin’ jacket, I say.

 photo 6a97ec03-a08e-4928-a91b-47c1ae401877_zps60687158.jpgNow, a tutorial for the tee! Sew up a T-shirt using the pattern of your choice (I drafted my own by tracing a tee that fits my son well). I like the look of shirts that are more fitted and have cuffs at the wrist and a matching neckband, particularly when they’re in a fun color to add a bit of pop to the shirt. If your pattern doesn’t call for them, they’re super easy to add.

DSC_02981. Cut two pieces of knit fabric the width of your sleeve and double the length you want the cuff to be. Mine measured about 4in. x 8in. when folded (like seen in the picture above). The stretch of the fabric should go left to right when your fabric is folded like mine.DSC_0301

2. To add a matching neckband, cut a strip of fabric that is slightly smaller than your neck opening. Mine was about an inch and a half wide before it was folded.DSC_0314

3. Sew up the long, unfolded sides of the cuffs and the short sides of the neckband.

DSC_03334. Fold the wrist cuffs so the seams are on the inside. Attach them to the ends of your sleeves using either a serger or a stretch stitch.

DSC_03355. Do the same thing with your neckband. You can also topstitch over your neckband with a double needle.

DSC_0294But wait… we’re not done yet! The sunglasses! Because three-year-olds love surprises, these sunglasses also double as little pockets for holding treasures and cars and all the random things that three-year-olds love so much.

DSC_02856. After cutting out two of a simple sunglasses shape, fold over the top edge and straight stitch it in place.

DSC_02867. Place the sunglasses right sides together and stitch around the curved edges.DSC_0289

8. Use pinking shears to trim the seam allowance.

DSC_02909. Flip the sunglasses right side out and stitch them onto the shirt, leaving the top-side open.

DSC_029610. Carefully stitch down the back side of the sunglasses as well, to make your little one’s secret pocket!

DSC_0369I also ended up stitching a small line in between the two lenses, just to keep the front of the glasses from flopping over when there’s something in the pocket.

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Between this dude’s hair and the way he sings the Thomas the Train theme song, he may just be a future rockstar. ;)

Mustache Vintage V-Neck

If your kids are anything like mine, they wear a lot of T-shirts. I mean, a lot. So when Melissa asked me to be a part of the Blank Slates Pattern tour, I knew I had to try out her Vintage V-neck.

Disclosure: I am an affiliate of Blank Slate Patterns. I received this pattern for free in exchange for my review and get a small percentage for each purchase. All opinions are my own.
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As I’ve grown to expect of Blank Slate Patterns, this pattern is very well done. The instructions and pictures are so clear and easy to follow.
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And one of the greatest things about sewing T-shirts? They are ridiculously fast. Pretty sure this one took me maybe 20 minutes. [not including the time that I had to nurse the baby, break up a fight between brothers, and switch a load of laundry]DSC_0468

The grey fabric I wanted to use was an eensy bit too short, so I used a strip of accent fabric at the bottom to make it work.
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My three-year-old likes to wear clothes that we can name… like “the train shirt” or “the shirt with the shoes” … so this one is the mustache shirt. I love that something as simple as that can make getting dressed just a bit easier. And I’m aaaallll about easier.
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Mustaches go well with long eyelashes, don’t you think..?

DSC_0509Before you check out all the other stops on the tour, you should know that Melissa is donating 50% of all her proceeds this week to the Komen Foundation, in honor of Breast Cancer awareness month and her late grandmother. I have had some amazing women in my family who have beaten Breast Cancer, so this hits me close to home too.

Blank Slate Patterns - PDF Sewing Patterns for Kids and WomenMelissa has such a great variety of patterns in her shop, Blank Slate Patterns. I’ve truly never been disappointed with any of them. Please go pop over to her blog, Melly Sews, to check out all the other amazing garments that have been made. They will definitely spark some inspiration!

 

Don’t forget, today is the last day to enter the Sally Dress pattern giveaway!

Casual Comfort: Sewing for Kindergarten

This year, my oldest started kindergarten. [cue the mama tears!] Yes, we are homeschooling… but that doesn’t make it any less “my baby is growing up too fast!!” But since I have a kindergartener this year, I get to be a part of the Sewing for Kindergarten series – hosted by Sewing Like Mad!

 

While we could stay in our jammies all day if we want to, I’m not usually that kind of mom. I like to get myself dressed and ready for the day – and the kids too. But we do like to keep it casual and comfy.
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Not only is this look comfy for school at home, but it’s also totally appropriate for field trips or our weekly homeschool group.
DSC_0982The sweatshirt is upcycled [if you're new here - that's my jam] from a thrifted sweatshirt. People.. this is the softest sweatshirt ever.in.life.

DSC_0029The pattern is the Paperback Writer Cardi from Shwin Designs. [affiliate link]DSC_0975

Shauna is the sweetest and sent me this pattern, just because she thought my boys would like it. She’s so amazing like that. I knew it had to be a part of this outfit. This fabric gives it an old-grandpa-sweater feel, which I totally love. The pattern is a dolman-style cardigan, so it doesn’t have separate sleeve pieces [even though it looks like it does here... that's just because of my upcycle]

DSC_0101The T-shirt is another upcycle, from a local band that sadly broke up. This boy was in my belly at many of their shows, little does he know.

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Now the pants… I have had these color blocked pants [my own pattern] envisioned in my head for quite some time.DSC_0060They’re fun and bright, just like my boy.

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I’ll admit that I’m not super crazy about this denim, because it’s a little on the stiff side until it’s washed a bazillion times. It’s the same denim I used on these shorts.
DSC_0057But obviously that doesn’t bother him. Still good for homeschool P.E.

DSC_0030Who are you sewing for this year? Mie at Sewing Like Mad has three different flickr groups for you to post your outfits for all different ages, then she’s giving away prizes! [Prizes!] Plus, isn’t it just fun to show other people what you’ve sewn for your kid? Says the blogger…

Thanks for letting me sew along, Mie!

Once, twice, three times a [Casual] Lady…

I’m in love. Is it okay to be in love with a pattern? Don’t tell me if it’s not. Because I totally am. And what’s that? You want more awkward selfies? Well I aim to please.DSC_0398

This pattern, the Casual Lady [affiliate link] from Go To Patterns is fantastic. I’ve made three already, and there’s no end in sight to my casual-loving madness.

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Since I have a nursing babe still, I’ve only made the top version. But the pattern comes with both a dress and top version.DSC_0365

This shirt is seriously comfortable. I love me a good T-shirt, and this one is my new favorite.
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I used different types of knit for each top – it’s really perfect for whatever you have in your stash.

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Dress it up, dress it down. I love a pattern with possibilities!DSC_0426
This face right here? You’re welcome.DSC_0421

Pretty soon I will have a closet full of Casual Ladies. [yeah... that definitely sounded better in my head]

Have you been sewing for yourself lately? I’d love to see! Leave me a link in the comments!

Fabric:
blue stripes – Girl Charlee
white subtle stripes – Fabric.com
floral – Joann Fabrics

Recess Raglan Hoodie

I know I mentioned before how much I love the Recess Raglan [a pattern from See Kate Sew - affiliate link]. I know this pattern is going to be in heavy rotation here. When I decided to make one for my two-year-old, I changed it up just a little bit from the original pattern.recess raglan hoodieBecause everything is a little better when it’s a hoodie, right?DSC_0280I’ll need to do a little tweaking when I make another hoodie to get the sizing perfect, but I love how it turned out.DSC_0260I also added a band of ribbing at the waist, which I really love.DSC_0291_2

The pants are my own pattern that I’m sloooowly working on releasing.DSC_0286_2What’s more fun than a two-year-old in a hood? I can tell you. Not much.

DSC_0251The lashes!
DSC_0277_2Toddler approved.

 

Linking up to Make It Wear It

Fourth of July Embroidered Fireworks T-Shirt

At the last minute [oh you know, 9:30 last night...] I decided to fancy-up a T-shirt for my nearly two-year-old. We don’t have big plans for the Fourth of July, but who doesn’t love a patriotic outfit?

Embroidered Fireworks T-shirtWith a few quick stitches, I added some fireworks to a plain blue T-shirt.

DSC_0176Well, fireworks… or spiders? Hmm. Multi-holiday T-shirt maybe??DSC_0163Even if they turned out a little bit wonky, I like them. And it was an easy project to do while watching mindless television, which this mama really needed yesterday.DSC_0142Happy Independence Day, America!

The Grandpa Inspired Look – sewing along with PR&P’s boy week

Well I’m sewing along with another week of Project Run and Play! Really, how could I not sew along with boy week?

I decided to sew for my three-year-old, because honestly, I don’t do that often. Poor middle child. Plus, he’s my most reluctant model.

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As I lay awake the other night [seriously, pregnancy insomnia? I'd like to sleep while I can, thankyouverymuch], I knew exactly what I needed to make for my middle man. Inspired, once again, by this photo:

bumpa, dasche, jay, busiaMy grandpa seriously knew how to rock the plaid pants. Instead of going plaid this time, though, I went argyle. Argyle! I seriously love this fabric.

DSCF7400The pants are made from this yummy Kaufman 21 Wale Cool Cords Argyle Brown that I got from fabric.com. It’s a self-drafted pattern based on another pair of his pants, and they fit him exactly the way I wanted.

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The shirt is upcycled from a men’s tee and self-drafted as well, though I wish I had made the neckline a little bit higher. This dude of mine has a large head and since I don’t sew for him terribly often, I always overcompensate.

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Then to take the grandpa inspiration to the next level, I sized down a thrifted sweater. I used the existing neckline, which meant I had to move a button up. It ended up a little bit big, but he should be able to wear it for awhile.

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The pants also have a little flare at the bottom [which I could not capture for the life of me, since he was being oh-so-cooperative].

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Flat front, elastic back. Best style for a three-year-old.

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He really was a fan of the clothes. Maybe just not a fan of me….
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And then he realized just how crazy his mom is for making him stand in front of the open door in twenty degree weather.

 

Linking up with Make it Wear it on The Train to Crazy.

Stripes and Polka Dots – sewing along with PR&P

Have you been following along with Project Run and Play? If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s an online sewing/design competition for kids’ clothing. It’s super fun and introduces you to lots of fabulous kids’ clothing designers/bloggers.

Along with the competitors, they have a weekly Sew Along where those of us not part of the competition can enter our own outfits. The outfits should go along with the theme for the week. This week the theme is Stripes and Polka Dots.

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If you’ve read my blog… well, ever… you probably know my love for stripes. For myself, for my boys. Especially for my boys. I have a ridiculous amount of striped fabric in my stash right now – especially knits. [seriously, someone may need to come over for an intervention soon]

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The pants have both stripes and polka dots – the teeny polka dots are tucked away in the pockets and waistband. I love the two together.

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The pants are loosely taken off Shwin & Shwin’s Nowhere Man Pants [which I've made before and love]. I say loosely, because I just traced this pair and made it a slimmer fit and didn’t pull out my pattern pieces at all. I also lowered the pocket pieces down a bit, to show off the polka dots a bit more.

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The shirt is a self-drafted pattern, and the polka dots were painted on using a jelly jar. I kind of want to paint everything this way now, that’s how much I love how it turned out.

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I’m also in love with the mustard knit I used for the neckline and cuffs.

DSCF7340I don’t think I would have paired stripes and polka dots together without the Project Run and Play inspiration, and I’m so happy with how it turned out.

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Have you been sewing along? I think next week is Boy Week, so I’m hoping to have time to sew an outfit to join in on the fun again!

 

*Linking up to Make it Wear it at The Train to Crazy*