How to Sew a Tee

How to Sew a Tee

Visit jsterndesigns.com to view and purchase the tee shirt pattern Jennifer will be making in our Sew Along. The style is fresh and distinctive. It looks so comfy! In the video you’ll see it made up in all three versions and watch as Jennifer takes you through the steps with tips along the way. The Sew Along is appropriate for beginners (lots of general sewing tips) and of interest to experienced sewers as we watch the designer sew her own design.

The Sawyer Brook Early Autumn Collection includes a number of knit fabrics that would work beautifully with this pattern.  You can browse our full collection of knits.

T-Shirt Instruction Video: Chapter 1

Discussion in the Savvy Sewer Salon

Carole asks: “Can you talk a little bit about how much ease you have in mind when a sewer is deciding on a size to make?…”
Jennifer says: “The back pieces are less wide than the front pieces because most women don’t need as fabric across the back as they do across the front….”

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T-Shirt Instruction Video: Chapter 2

Discussion in the Savvy Sewer Salon

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Discussion in the Savvy Sewer Salon

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T-Shirt Instruction Video: Chapter 3

Discussion in the Savvy Sewer Salon

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About Jennifer Stern

For the past 10 years I have worked for a sewing store where I developed my sewing and embroidery skills. In 2000 I began designing garments and digitizing my own original embroidery designs for wearable arts fashion shows, winning a few awards on the way–2001 Best in Show, Pfaff Dealer Convention Fashion Show, 2002–Best in Show, Pfaff Dealer Convention Fashion Show, 2003–Judges’ Choice, Bernina Fashion Show at the Houston Quilt Festival, and 2004–Viewers’ Choice, Bernina Fashion Show at the Houston Quilt Festival. As I worked on these pieces I realized that what I really enjoyed was drafting the patterns.

In May of 2007, I had a fashion show featuring my first collection of original designs–jeans, tee shirts, tops, skirts, pants dresses and jackets. This was a fairytale event for me–instead of a prince and missing glass slipper, I had a runway and lighting fit for fashion week and 6 models showing my 20 or so outfits, it was incredible. I am developing some of these pieces into patterns for home sewers.

Working on these patterns has been a lot of fun for me. I have learned how to make friends with my new Apple computer and use Adobe software to draw all my diagrams and create page layouts. As a result, my patterns feature easy-to-follow directions with lots of illustrations.

My new adventure is producing instructional videos to go along with my patterns. Additionally, I will be doing a series of videos on fitting and creating new styles from my basic patterns.

I also do a little freelancing for Threads’ Magazine. I write the Embroidery Essentials department in each issue. I’m also a contributing editor to Craftstylish.com a website that is published by the Taunton Press.

Visit Jennifer at jsterndesigns.com.