When I was in Paris a couple of years ago, I picked up a super-cute knit top. It didn’t look like much on the hanger, but once I tried it on, I knew it was a unique piece that I would love to wear (and I knew I could make more in the future!).
What made this shirt so easy to copy is that it’s what I call a “pancake”. You lay it out and it’s flat- same pattern for back and front. Obviously this works for stretchy fabrics and it’s how most t-shirts are made.
When you copy a pattern, whether onto tracing paper or straight onto fabric, don’t forget seam allowance! I’ve done that before…sad face. But, I didn’t forget this time! I even made the shirt a bit bigger, because the fabric I used this time was not as stretchy as the original- you can always take in a garment, it’s more difficult to add on!
I did end up making a few adjustments. The shirt was a good size around my hips and waist, but a bit too big at the top. So, I tried it on and stuck a pin right through the shirt where it began to get too big. I took it off and gently re-shaped the seam, so that the top was a bit smaller. I had also made the shirt a bit longer than the original, and flared the side seams too much. Once again, I stuck a pin wear the fit changed from good to bad and straightened up my line. Then it was “parfait”!
I finished off my shirt with a coverstitch on the hem, cuffs and neckline. It was the easiest part! The kind of fitting I did is easy to do with a knit. It’s not very precise, and there’s a lot of wiggle room- literally! If you’re worried about making a garment that won’t fit, try something like Kwik Sew Pattern 3721. It’s a knit cardigan made completely on the serger. We’re teaching you how to do this in Serge Ahead 2. We’ve just added another section, since the one on January 25th filled up so fast! It’s Sunday, February 16th from 1-5pm. Sign up here!
Are you interested in a serger? Keep a lookout for future posts about why we like to use them! Check out our used sergers here!