How to Sew a Shirt: Easy Pullover | Craftsy Sewing Projects

How to Sew a Shirt: Easy Pullover | Craftsy Sewing Projects


Want to make a cute top in an afternoon? I’ll
show you how easy it is! Hi, I’m Angela Wolf! I want to share some
of my favorite sewing techniques to create a fantastic top.
I’m using the Scout Tee pattern from Grainline Studio, but you can use any similar style
t-shirt pattern. I’ve already cut out my pattern pieces in
a woven cotton fabric. A woven fabric won’t stretch out of shape when you sew.
With right sides together, pin each front shoulder to the back shoulder. Then pin the
front to the back at each side seam. At your machine, line up the fabric edge with
the seam allowance marking for a half inch seam allowance.
Insert the needle at least 1/8” away from the edge of the fabric. Back stitch once or
twice, and stitch. When you get to the end of the seam don’t forget to backstitch. I’m
using a contrast thread so you can really see, but you’d choose a matching thread of
course! Move to the side seam and stitch down the
side the same way. Repeat this process on the otherside of the
garment, and then finish the seam edge. I finished those frayed raw edges with an overlock
stitch on the sewing machine but you could zig zag or serge the edge.
Now it’s time for the neckline. You can make your own matching bias tape out of your main
fabric or if you want to save time, buy 1/2″ double folded bias tape like I have
here. Here’s a tip for sewing the neckline – be
careful not to stretch the bias tape over the shoulders or you could end up with puckers.
But you do want to stretch it at the center front and back to prevent your neckline from
gapping open. Leave about 3″ free at the back of the neckline,
then Iine up the first fold on the bias tape with the neckline, and pin.  .
Stitch right in this first fold – I’m using a contrast thread but you’d use a matching
color. Stitch over the shoulder area – it’s very
important to avoid pulling the bias tape! You want both layers to feed evenly or we
will end up with puckers.   OK, we’re at the curve of the neckline. Start
to pull the bias tape slightly as you stitch. Once you’re at the other side let it lay evenly
once more. “Back around the shoulder, and we have to
close the bias tape. I am not going to stitch straight across, because this can cause the
back of the neckline to gap. ”
Now, here’s the neatest way I know to close bias tape – Cross the ends of the bias tape
like this, pin and draw a straight line from here to here. See how neat this will look
from the right side! Stitch across the diagonal line. Trim off
the excess like this and then finish attaching the bias tape by stitching along the fold
– take care to hold those seam allowances flat.
With the help of an iron, fold the bias strip over the seam allowance, tuck under the other
pressed edge and pin, making sure to cover the seam allowance and catch the back fold
of the bias tape. Work your way arond the neckline, folding, pressing and pinning. You
can really see how nice that seam looks at the back.
Starting at the center back, stitch one more time around on the edge of the bias tape.
Keep checking as you go to make sure you are stitching through both side of the bias tape.
Okay, let’s move on to the sleeves. This is a set-in sleeve so I need to prepare the sleeve
cap before inserting it into the garment. Sew two rows of basting stitches across here.
A basting stitch is just a straight stitch with a stitch length of at least 5.0.
Pull the end of each of the threads to gather the sleeve head. If you have a tailor’s ham
like this you can use it to help steam press the sleeve to a nice rounded shape.
With right side to right side and the seams lined up, match the front notches and pin
the sleeve in place Match the back notches and do the same thing. This notch should line
up with the shoulder seam.  See how I’m easing the sleeve cap into the armhole.  
Starting at the side seam, stitch the sleeve in place – making sure you’re sewing through
the two layers. Then finish the seam allowances with an overlock, zigzag stitch or serger.
The final step is to hem the sleeves and bottom of the top.
At the hem, turn up the edge 1/2″ and press.  Use a tailors clapper for a nice crisp crease
if you have one.  Use a little burst of steam and hold the clapper on the crease.  Press
up the hem all the way around the hemline. Now tuck the end into the fold and press. 
This will give you a perfectly pressed crease to stitch.
Start at the side seam to stitch the fold in place and work your way around. As you
get back to your first stitches, go over two of them, then backstitch to secure the thread.
Repeat the same hemming technique for the sleeves and you’re all finished!
Thanks for watching! To get this pattern, fabric, or more expert instruction, be sure
to click the “i” in the top-right corner of this video.

75 Replies to “How to Sew a Shirt: Easy Pullover | Craftsy Sewing Projects”

  1. I love Angela Wolf.ย  I wish she would do a complete sewalong on Craftsy video.ย  Maybe an intermediate to advanced dress or slacks pattern.ย  Like Gertie's dress or Susan Khalje's The couture dress.ย  A nice, long class.

  2. So much easier to put the sleeve in before the side seam, hem sleeve first and sew sleeve seam and side seam together

  3. I'm perplexed. The bias tape does not stretch so how can you sew a straight edge against a curved edge and not get puckers? Shouldn't you cut notches around all curves to prevent puckering?
    I learned from Professor Pincushion, Craftsy, and Sure Fit Designs, U of Fashion and others.
    Thanks so much for your time.

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  5. Where did you purchase your iron, it states Rowenta, but I cannot find this particular one please can you give detail thanx

  6. ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ขthought it was the "only you" song I had on the 1st episode on the new Facebook show 'Strangers'..๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜ฃ want it bad.

  7. ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ขthought it was the "only you" song I had on the 1st episode on the new Facebook show 'Strangers'..๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜ฃ want it bad.

  8. Why did you not stay stitch the arm holes and the neckline ? This is a must to prevent distortion and stretching of those areas. Also why a 1/2" seam when the standard is 1.5cm or 5/8" ? I'm afraid this video would be very confusing for a beginner.

  9. Boy, she was in a rush..what pattern or measurements she used for this? ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Not helpful at all for beginners.

  10. IT'S BEUTIFUL!!! but i'm only a ten year old girl who just started today, so maybe i went to far ahead of myself. (also i'm using my granparents account, that's why the name is tony)

  11. Thanks
    I want to stich a top but my mother not allowing to me near the machine
    So can you say how to stich a top without machine

  12. Your voice is very clear and so is the video but it seems as if you are just selling the PATTERN and the FABRIC rushing to convince people how fast and easy it is . Forgot to slow down for beginners viewers and you also left out details INTRUCTIONS. You can do Much better.

  13. It would also be helpful to avoid dark colours especially black. Any light is just absorbed and details become invisible. Also, there are so many way in which to mess up joining bias tape that way. Trust me, I have made most of them!

  14. Easier way to sew in sleeves….before you sew in side seams! You will find it easier & will have less or no puckers to deal with! You can even sew in the sleeves without pinning too!

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