Bring to class your fabric, cut out, ready to be sewn, your sewing machine or serger, and the supplies listed below.
Choose from two patterns:
The Hemlock Tee is a free download from Grainline Studios if you sign up for their email newsletter. The Hemlock features a drop shoulder, a low scoop neckline and a loose oversized body. Signup for newsletter at the bottom of the page:
The Uvita Tee is free from Itch to Stitch. You will need to give them your email address to check out, but no payment is required. Uvita features a wide boat neckline, is also a dropped shoulder, but is slimmer through the body than the Hemlock.
Both patterns contain very good instructions in choosing your correct size and cutting your fabric. It’s a good idea to prewash your fabric before cutting out. For a quick way to assemble your pdf pattern, read this blog post:
For this first project, choose a cotton or cotton-blend knit in a medium weight, so it has some body to it. Avoid thin or slinky knits for this first project. If you’d like to shop for fabric online, try or for a nice selection of cotton or cotton-spandex knits.
Sewing machine or serger
If using sewing machine:
stretch or ballpoint needle
twin needle, size 2.5 to 3.5
blind stitch foot #5 (optional)
edge stitch foot #10/10C/10D (optional)
Knit fabric, as described above. See pattern instructions for amount needed, and stretch guidelines
Tape to stabilize the shoulder seam- use narrow cotton twill tape, clear elastic, or straight Fusible stay tape such as the Design Plus brand. About 18” will be enough
Fabric glue stick that washes away, such as Dritz.
Wash away Wonder Tape, by Dritz or Collins (to use with twin needle)
All-purpose thread in a matching color
An extra bobbin if using a twin needle