Picture of How to Sew and Reproduce My Favorite Shirt
I love sewing projects when they take under one hour because otherwise they usually don't get finished.  The piles of projects I have sitting around because they took longer than an hour is enormous.  I also love to make patterns from my favorite pieces of clothing.  I picked up this shirt in a clothing swap (free!) a few weeks back.  I needed a Christmas present for my sister and realized she would love this shirt as much as I do.

Step 1: Cutting pieces 1 & 2

Picture of Cutting pieces 1 & 2
If you think you will use this pattern over and over use muslin to make pattern pieces that you can re-use.  For this example I skipped making the pattern and pulled out the fabric I wanted to make the shirt from.  Use a similar fabric as the original you are copying.  This blouse was stretchy and so I'm using a stretchy spandex.  When I use stretchy fabric I usually sew on my serger.  It was on the fritz so I used my good ole Phaff using a zig-zag stitch for all the seams.
There are 4 pieces to this shirt.  Three in the front and one in the back.
Starting on the front top section fold over the shirt so you just see piece 1.
Cut the piece out 1/2" larger than the original.  This shirt was tight in the arms so I extended the length of the armpit to the shoulder.
Flip piece 1 over and cut a copy.  This is piece 2.
nupharhall1 year ago

I love it! definitely will try it! thx!

saosport2 years ago
I love it thanks
Rosilin4 years ago
Nice Instructable!
Any tips on sewing stretchy fabric on a normal sewing machine, not at serger?
And, what would you do if the article of clothing your copying has dart. gathers, or pleats?
Chicken Girl (author)  Rosilin4 years ago
When I made this top both (yes, I have two sergers!) of my sergers needed servicing. The zig-zag stitch will do just fine. The width and length of the stitch will vary depending on the fabric. Using some scraps of the fabric you are going to use experiment with different zig-zag lengths and widths to get the one that will be appropriate.
If you piece has darts, gathers or pleats you need to measure. For example, if it's a dart measure the base, tip and length. The base you will double. It's difficult for me to describe in words. Best for my next Instructable!