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The easy shirt sewing tutorial

It’s been a long time since the last clothes tutorial. I spotted this nice and cheap fabric a few weeks ago. I bought 1 yard and looked for the perfect project to sew a colorful summer shirt.

The easiest is always the best. So I came up with this simple shirt idea, to make it you will need a yard (1 meter) of fabric, matching bias, and one of your shirts as a pattern.

How to sew a simple shirt

Materials you will need:

If you work with a patterned fabric, pick a simple bias. If your fabric is a plain color you can add a little twist with a contrasting or patterned bais.


Part 1: making the neckline

Fold the fabric in the middle lengthwise, and mark the center with a pin. Put your shirt on it and draw the back neckline.

Fold the sides of the fabric and put it inside your shirt. Place the center pin in the middle, check that the back neckline marks match with the front of the shirt. And you can draw the front neckline.


Cut out the neckline following your drawing.

Pin the bias tape all along the neckline and sew.

Part 2: Sewing the sleeves

Put your shirt on the fabric (wrong side out) again. Be sure it’s in the center and that both necklines are on top of each other.

To make the side and the sleeves draw a line at 2′ from the edge of your t-shirt. With this dimension, you will have an adjusted shirt, if you prefer something a little wider try with 3′ or 4′.

If you have doubts about the size to choose, remember that if you do it too big, you will still be able to adjust it. If it’s too small …. you will have to give it to your little niece.

Cut the first side and use it as a pattern to cut the second sleeve. This is the best way to have a symmetrical shirt.

Now that both side are cut, sew edges to the sleeves and the waist.

Then pin the sides together and sew. You may need to serge or zigzag the fabric before. I did not because this fabric doesn’t fray and because I’m a little lazy.

That’s it! This fabric comes in different colors…I will have to get more!What do you think?

If you like the tassel necklace, the tutorial is here, and for the black and white wall art, you will have more details here. I told you I’m a DIY addict!

If you want a better finish than mine, tried to match the fabric designs of the front and the back.

Want to remember it? Save this easy to sew shirt tutorial in your favorite Pinterest board.

how to sew a simple shirt - sewing tutorial



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Diana Valle

Thursday 20th of June 2019

Great easy to! However, u need stretch fabric 2 make it + it's hard 2 find stretch fabric I like.


Thursday 20th of June 2019

Hello Diane, the fabric I used is rayon (if I remember well) very lightweight but not stretch. I guess you can make this shirt with stretch fabric, like jersey, too...even though I haven't tried!

Rebecca Willoughby

Monday 7th of March 2016

I really love your blog, I enjoy making all sorts of things too. But I never seem to have time to share my project plans! I really must try harder, thank you for the inspiration Ama Ryllis!

Ama Ryllis

Monday 7th of March 2016

Thank you so much Rebecca! I would love to see what you do, so if you have a blog or a page where we can see your work you can share it!

Debbie Brady

Saturday 30th of January 2016

I have made my clothing for over 45 years, being very meticulous about every stitch and seam, HOWEVER I like this shortcut shirt and am going to try it! Thank you!

Ama Ryllis

Saturday 30th of January 2016

I am flattered that so experienced seamstress appreciate my tutorial! Thanks Debbie, you make my day!

Mary Ann Walker

Thursday 7th of January 2016

it's a delight to meet a fellow crafter that is like I "Lazy!"Way Cool Anna!

Ama Ryllis

Thursday 7th of January 2016

Hahaha! thanks Mary Ann. Easy crafts are the best!


Wednesday 6th of January 2016

Knit fabric?

Ama Ryllis

Wednesday 6th of January 2016

Hello, it's not knit fabric. I think I used rayon fabric to make this shirt.