One Tee, One Day

So I managed one T-shirt this weekend. Behold:

Why such a goofy picture, you ask? I woke my husband up from a nap in his man cave. He couldn’t be bothered to sit up.

Here’s a better shot:

Good ole Ruby saves the day!

This is the Breton Tee from the book “The Great British Sewing Bee: From Stitch to Style.” It’s meant to have long sleeves that go at the cross-grain, but I ran out of fabric. I was working with a panel I bought at Ann’s Fabrics in Hamilton, Ontario last summer.

I was too cheap to buy two panels of this interlock knit. Boo.

I lengthened the top 3 inches so I could use the most of the stripes and so I could do a split hem as the pattern in intends.

Figure out how to big you want the split to be when when it’s finished. Leave a gap twice as long on the side hem, then finish the side seam end about an inch – a mini side seam. You’ll have a gap as shown above. Clip into the seam about 1/4 inch at the top of the gap.

With the garment turned right side out, flip the hem up right sides together, matching the end of the side seam with the bottom mini side seam. Be sure the little tail of fabric from the mini side seam is out of the way.

Sew both sides of the gap closed with a narrow stitch. Flip to the right side and press.

Ta da! Now sew the hem all the way around.

Pretty easy and finishes nicely!

Author: shoes15

I live in Connecticut, USA with my husband and my dog, in an old house outfitted with a sewing room, a garden, an orchard, and a big liquor cabinet.

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