make your own T-shirt!

later this month in Rosendale, NY, i’ll be teaching a 4-week Make Your Own T-Shirt workshop! you will learn how to draft your own t-shirt pattern, based on your body measurements and customized to your preferences, make and fit a muslin and then sew yourself a real T. to be clear, a T-shirt is really any style of pullover top made of a knit fabric. so yours could be tunic length, A-line, super-fitted or loose and flowy. you can make any type of neckline, and any sleeve length you desire. your head will be spinning with all the possibilities!

this class is a great introduction to pattern-drafting, as well as to sewing with knits.

to register, email me:

Make Your Own T-Shirt

Four 2-hour classes, $160

Thursdays, September 28, October 5, (skips October 12), 19 + 26 from 6-8pm

held at RosenSpace, behind the Big Cheese in Rosendale, NY

In this class, you will learn to draft a pattern for a t-shirt, based on your very own measurements. Then you will make a muslin, fit it, correct your pattern, cut out the real shirt and sew it up! New skills you will acquire are sewing with knits, stretchy hem finishes, and finishing the neckline with a self band. Once you’ve made your first, you’ll see how many possibilities there are are for all sorts of modifications. You might never buy another T-shirt again!

Note: Students must have at least competent beginner sewing skills and be comfortable with their machine. Some homework will likely be necessary in order to complete the project.

For the pattern:

Roll of paper at least 14″ wide, or 18 x 24″ pad of newsprint, sketch, or drawing paper



Ruler (2” x 18” clear is ideal)

Scissors for paper

Clear tape

Tape measure

For the shirt:

Sewing machine

2 yards cotton jersey knit for final project

2 yards inexpensive cotton jersey knit for muslin


Basic sewing supplies: fabric scissors, pins & cushion, seam ripper, tailor’s chalk/wax

NOTE: You will need only the pattern supplies (plus your “muslin” jersey, scissors and pins) at the first class session, and all of the supplies at the remaining 3 sessions. You won’t need your sewing machine at the first class.








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