How I Made A Pattern To Copy And Sew A Velvet Shirt
This is one of my favorite shirts. When I saw one for sale in silver, I knew I wanted one! And I thought I could make it myself.
I saved brown packing paper from boxes I received in the mail. It was perfect for making a pattern! First, I smoothed out the shirt fabric to trace.
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I used a black marker to trace around the back of the shirt, making it a little bigger to allow for a seam.
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Then I cut it out.
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I labeled it "Shirt Back." Then I laid out the shirt with the pattern on top to see if it matched.
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I folded the pattern in half and trimmed it so both sides would be symmetrical.
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I marked and cut notches to mark the neck opening, and drew the seam allowance just for fun.
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I used the same method to cut the Shirt Front.
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Be sure to draw past the shoulders to allow for the seam. Did you notice that the shirt is inside out on purpose, to better trace the pieces?
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Since it needs to be symmetrical, fold it in half.
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I decided to just tear my pattern in half and cut it on a fold just like a regular pattern would do. It is easier than cutting the entire shirt flat.
Lastly, I traced a sleeve on a folded paper. I could have traced the shirt front and back this way.
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Cutting the shirt sleeve on a fold in the paper made it a lot easier than trying to figure out the sleeve shape unfolded!!
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Measure the folded fabric to make sure it is folded evenly.
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Pin the pattern to the folded fabric.
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Make sure your velvet runs soft when you rub your hand on it, the same direction for all your pieces. (Notice these are my fabric scissors!)
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Pin the Shirt Back on a fold.
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Then cut it out.
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Pin the sleeve piece on two layers of fabric.
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This is a great beginner sewing project. It doesn't get much easier than 4 pieces to make a shirt with sleeves!
1. Copy Shirt onto paper. 2. Cut new fabric from pattern. 3. Sew shirt.
Pin the side and shoulder seams.
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Pin the shoulder seam.
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Pin the other shoulder seam.
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Begin by sewing the side seams.
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Finish the side seam.
Sew the shoulder seams next.
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Finish the second shoulder seam. At this point I tried it on. It fit great! It's easier to make cutting/sewing adjustments now, before adding sleeves.
Fold the sleeve piece and sew its short seam.
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Then hem each sleeve.
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With velvet, it's better to go darker rather than lighter with the thread color.
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More sleeve hemming...
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This is the hardest part (besides hemming the neck).... attaching the sleeve to the body.
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Pin the seams together, then find the center top of the sleeve to pin to the shoulder seam. Clip the curves a little to help it fit.
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The first sleeve turned out so well!
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I decided to hem the neck by doing a rolled hem but in two steps. Fold over once, sew all around. Fold over again, sew all around again.
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The neckline is the most vulnerable area. If you make any sewing mistakes, they will be seen unless you wear a scarf!
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The first time around.
The second time around the neck.
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Finishing the neckline.
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Lastly, sew a wide rolled hem around the bottom.
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I wish I could sew as fast in real life, as these sped up videos make it seem!
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Ok, now to try it on!
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From the side....
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From the front.
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On the hanger.
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