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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Dolman Style Tee Shirt

Made from knit sheets!

Isn’t that awesome?!

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I found a queen sized knit set on clearance for $5 at Wal-Mart.  That’s a lot of fabric.  I couldn’t pass that up!  I still plan on making a maxi dress for me, and some pajama pants for my dudes.  Later, though.

Wanna make a Dolman Style tee for you?  It’s so easy and fun.


Start with the top band of the sheet.  If you do this, you’ll have that cute band at the bottom of the shirt, and you won’t need to hem it.  Perfect!


Measure out your pattern with a big tee shirt.  I used one of Hubby’s.


Make the sleeves longer and drape-y-er.  I know that’s not a word.  I don’t care.  See how I came down to a point with the sleeve I cut?  Don’t do that.  Just make it go out straight.  I ended up fixing that later.  Oh well.  Live and learn, right?


This is what I had.  I needed the band at the bottom to be more fitted, so I cut it in a few inches on both sides.


*note*  again, don’t do it quite this way.  Taper your edges so that you don’t have a boxy waistband.  I cut that part off later…when I saw that it didn’t work.  Here.  I’ll draw it out for you in Paint.

dolman tee side seams

Man.  I just can’t get this right.  Cut as shown above, but since this picture is on an angle, you can’t see the angle in which I cutteth the sheet.  Taper your sides, people.

Now then.  See this nicely sewn edge on the sheet?  Cut as much as you need to finish off the neckline and sleeves.



How will you know how much you need?  Just cut your strips a bit smaller than the neckline and sleeves.  Pin it into place with the right sides together, and sew it into place.


Do this for the front and back. 


Fold it over and top stitch it into place.  This will give it that less-homemade look you’re going for.


See?!  Isn’t that lovely?!  Again, do this for the front AND the back necklines.


With the front and back of the shirt (right sides together) facing each other, sew the shoulder seams together on both sides.


Take some more of that beautifully sewn side seam from the sheet and finish off the sleeve the same way you did the neckline.

Once you’ve done that, sew the side seams of your shirt.


Steam press your seams like crazy, turn it right side out…



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You’re done!

I like that the bagginess of the shirt hides all of the “baby leftovers” in my midsection.  I think I’ll wear this style of shirt!  :)

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