Introduction: Tailored T-Shirt

This is a tutorial showing how to make a "tailored" t-shirt using

This is a clothing pattern that is changed based on your measurements. It works for both men and women (or children, or animals really). 

This is the first version of the first pattern released on

Step 1: Measurements

The pattern uses 11 different body measurements: neck, chest, waist, hips, chest width, back width, armscye, armscye depth, shoulder, nape to waist, waist to hip, and sleeve length.
It also uses 2 'arbitrary' measurements: shirt length is just how long you want your shirt, and ease which is how tight or loose you want the shirt. An ease of 10 is very loose, an ease of 1 is very tight. In the pictures, the female shirt was made with an ease of 2 and the male shirt was made with an ease of 4.

So get out your cloth tape and your pencil and measure yourself! (or it's probably better if you have someone help). Make it a team project!

Step 2:

Go to thepatternshare and click on the 'Tailored T-Shirt' image. 
Pick whichever units your measurements are in, plug in all your numbers, and then press Draw!
If you would like, you can also turn on construction lines or grid or construction points if you're into that sort of thing.
Now click 'Save as SVG', and your browser should open a new tab with the scaled SVG. Right click and save it somewhere on your computer.

Step 3: Print It Out

Now you want to print it out.
There's a couple of ways to do this. You can tile print it on standard sheets. I know you can do this in Illustrator. Or you can find a large formate printer. Or you can turn on the Construction Points option on the web site and plot your own.

Step 4: Curve and Cut

Select a sleeve length. There's a couple of different lines on the sleeve pattern that you can use. Or just cut it however long you want it.
There's also a few straight lines that you want to curve. Make a smooth curve out of the armhole. Also make the sleeve cap into an s-shape as shown in the picture.
Then cut out your paper shapes and get ready to transfer to your fabric.

Step 5: Transfer to Fabric

Transfer your paper shapes to your fabric. I laid the paper down and traced it with chalk.

You also want to add seam allowance. I added 5/8" to all the seams and then 1" for the hems.

The front and back panel are only half of what you need. Fold your fabric and place the center line (the straight line that connects to the neck) on the fold. Trace your pattern, add your seam allowance, and now when you cut it out, you have the full front and back panels.

You also want two sleeves.

Step 6: Hem and Sew

I got the best results when I hemmed all the panels before I sewed them together. I'm not sure if this is how you're 'supposed' to do it, but it worked well.

Now sew all the pieces together!

There's some great YouTube videos on how to get the best results when sewing, as well as how to tackle connecting the sleeve. 

I could probably do a whole series on sewing it together, but I just wanted this to give an overview into using to make the shirt.

Thanks for reading!