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August 27, 2007

keep it raw

raw t-shirt

pattern: my own, inspired by japanese craft book
difficulty (1-5): 2
pattern size: medium
fabric: approx. 1yd of cotton knits

my first try with knits was a disaster! i wanted to make a striped slip to wear to the pool, as a cover up. but too cheap to get one for $80 or so ridiculously high priced ones. i bought three yards of black striped knits for $7/yard. thinking i can use it as an experiment.

the cutting and sewing were straightforward. matching up the stripes was not difficult. i failed to use the appropriate needle for my machine and was just using the straight stitch, which worked out to be okay. until i was ready to add bias binding.

at that time i was unaware of bias binding means bias cut strips. needless to say the project failed badly, i managed to save the skirt part of the dress, added an elastic band, and wear it as a skirt. which can be cute for lounging around.

and all that, happened last summer.

i liked to believe that my sewing skill has since then improved! and couple weekends ago, i pulled out my stripe knits again, this time i wanted to make a t-shirt.

inspired by the japanese craft book, i cut out a very basic pattern, modified the necklines, and used stretched stitch to sew up this little tee in no time. i intentionally kept all the edges raw. it did not fray much at all. of course, i had studied some of those pricey tees from juicey couture and alike, raw edges are fashionably acceptable!

this is my raw t-shirt. and i love it.


This is super cute (and I'm sure comfy). Nice job.

wow... that is super cute!!! I wish I had the courage to work with knits!! They are super comfy and I'd love to make all my own T's... I'll have to learn this winter!!

That looks great! I took my first dive into knits this weekend and it's turning to a disaster, too. Luckily I have some extra fabric to help make it a totally disaster.

I like it, very nice fit and love that raw edge !

Wow...another winner. I really like the simple shaping and the label just sets it off. I have been wanting to do some sewing with knit fiber but a little too chicken. maybe I will give is a try sans bias binding :O)

I love it.
But it reminds me on having missed out this year's nautical clothes sewing... maybe some quick, raw shirt?!

nice work!

I love it!

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