Beginner's Guide to Dressmaking T-Shirt PDF Pattern


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This is a DOWNLOADABLE PDF PATTERN that you print out and stick together yourself at home. You will be sent an automatic email after ordering with a link to download your pattern. 

This is the T-Shirt pattern from my 1st book "Beginner's Guide to Dressmaking". 

I think this is the perfect t-shirt – it’s not too tight and clingy, it’s not baggy and shapeless, it’s got a really flattering slightly boat shaped neck and isn’t so short it’s going to ride up and show off your midriff!

Even better, it’s a quick easy make and really easy to customise by adding extra seams or ruffles or simply by just mixing up two different fabrics. It won’t take long to whip up one to go with all your favourite outfits. You can make this t-shirt in its most basic version from one fabric, but once you’ve mastered the basic style you can make it your own by adding seams and ruffles and mixing it up with different fabrics.

This project is ideal for beginner dressmakers and anyone new to sewing with knitted fabrics.

Find more inspiration on this Pinterest board.

This pattern is only suitable for stretch knit fabrics.  You can mix and match your fabrics by adding custom seams (explained in the pattern) and the pattern works well with both lighter weight drapey knits such as single jersey and gives a more structured, boxy look with a heavier knits such as ponte roma and sweatshirt. Help with choosing fabrics can be found on the blog here and here.

This design is easy and is great for beginners that have just started to sew!

The multi-size pattern covers 3 sizes which cover the following body measurements:
BUST 80-84cm (31.5"-33"), 88-92cm (34.5"-36"), 96-101cm (38"-40").
The sizing and fit is skimming - it's not meant to be a skin tight garment. (If your measurements fall outside of these ranges, I've written a tutorial with my quick and easy grading method I use in classes for this pattern here.) 

There are 4 PDF files to download:

1 - a thorough illustrated instruction booklet which covers: 
* fabric requirements
* cutting layouts
* an explanation of fabric layouts and cutting
* how to sew knit fabrics on a domestic sewing machine
* instructions & diagrams for how to make the basic t-shirt and how to add custom seams to mix and match fabrics

2 - your multi-size pattern, tiled to fit A4 and US letter size sheets of paper ready to be printed and stuck together

3 - a full-size untiled version of the pattern sized to fit on paper which is at least A0 size in width (84.1cm / 33ins) that can be printed at professional copy shops

4 - step-by-step instructions for how to print and put together your pattern.

There is some extra help about downloading PDF patterns here. Access to your pattern will expire 2 weeks after placing your order and you will have 2 attempts to download the pattern. Patterns should be downloaded onto a computer, not your phone or tablet.

All MIY Collection patterns are designed and written by Wendy Ward, an experienced designer and qualified teacher and they have been thoroughly road-tested by her eager sewing students. Rest assured you will find MIY Collection patterns well explained in down-to-earth and accessible language with clear, detailed diagrams. Wendy has been writing instructions for people just like you since 2007.

Find sewing tips and more on Wendy's blog at

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Thanks and happy sewing!

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