Man makes: t-shirts

I have fallen head over heels in love with sewing and dressmaking. My aim is to, one day, have an entirely handmade wardrobe (or as handmade as possible!). It is just the most amazing experience walking down the street in something that you've made yourself. 

However, I have also discovered a love for sewing for others. I started with my niece (I'm sure other sewists out there have had to make an Elsa dress or two, am I right?!) but recently I started sewing for my boyfriend. 

So here is the Classic Men's T-shirt:

Classic man's tee fabric

I used the 'classic t-shirt' pattern from the latest Great British Sewing Bee book (which, if you haven't bought already - do it now!) and it was super easy to make. Before this pattern I had only ever sewn with woven fabric and was actually kind of scared of moving to a 'knit'. I think mostly because I had read about so many others who were scared of it. But way back in January I wrote 'sew with knits' as one of my yearly goals on my monthly target board and just went with it. And what did I learn? Sewing with knits isn't nearly as scary as I thought. In fact, it's actually quite fun!

Classic men's tee's stripped and denim look

The striped t-shirt was my first go, and as my sewing machine kept skipping stitches I decided to use my overlocker for most of the sewing. 

I'm not a huge fan of this fabric choice (just simple t-shirting' material) but it was the best of a bad bunch in my local fabric shop. (When I say 'bad bunch' I simply mean the other fabrics weren't suitable i.e. a bit too feminine!) 

I made a vegan strawberry cream tart on the same day I made this t-shirt. Lucky man or what?!

I made a vegan strawberry cream tart on the same day I made this t-shirt. Lucky man or what?!

T-shirt number two is made from a denim look cotton interlock. This fabric is amazing (and is actually what the pattern calls for). It just keeps getting softer every time you wash it! 

Classic man's tee denim look

I used my sewing machine for this version as, although I love my overlocker, I get more overall enjoyment from using my sewing machine. Anyone else like that? 

I got the occasional skipped stitch and I ultimately worked this out to be an issue with the needles I bought. I have since bought a new needle and it works perfectly. Note to self- don't buy the generic needles just because they have them in the shop!

I'm not sure if he posed like the fox picture in the background on purpose or if this was a happy coincidence...  

I'm not sure if he posed like the fox picture in the background on purpose or if this was a happy coincidence...  

All in all, this is a great pattern and an excellent introduction into knitted fabric (along with the Coco dress from the previous post!). It's super quick and easy to make- only three pattern pieces to cut out- woohoo! I would say I dislike the way the neck banding is sewn on but I've seen a few different ways this can be done which I will try next time. 

Although I'm not completely satisfied with my sewing on these- the boyfriend LOVES them and wears them all the time. I guess that's really all that matters!  

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