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Akram's Ideas: First T-shirt - Simplicity 1692

First T-Shirt – Simplicity 1692

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We are already almost ¼ of the way through the year and I’m only now completed the first of my #VintagePledge projects.

The 2016 Vintage Pledge

I’ve been participating in the #VintagePledge since 2014 and it’s a lot of fun. The #VintagePledge is hosted by  Marie Koupparis, from A Stitching Odyssey and Kerry Patterson from Kestrel Makes.

The idea is that each participant sets their own personal goal of vintage patterns they would like to sew this year. Then after finishing each project they share photos of the project with other participants via social media and group Pinterest Board .

Along with great inspiration and fun their are occasionally some prizes awarded. I love participating in this event it’s so much fun to see everyone’s makes.

2016 #VintagePledge Simplicity 1692
2016 #VintagePledge Simplicity 1692

Simplicity 1692

As for my first Vintage Pledge pattern of the year I choose to make Simplicity 1692 which is a reproduction pattern of a 1940’s blouse.

Akram's Ideas : floral jersey and Simplicity 1692
I love the spring colors in this jersey knit

I was organizing my fabric stash and found a lovely jersey knit fabric with lavender and pink flowers on it. There wasn’t a lot of fabric but I was pretty sure it was enough for a shirt. I thought about making a t-shirt pattern, but as I was digging around in my pattern stash I had come across Simplicity 1692.

Akram's Ideas: T-shirt love
I love this t-shirt

Since I hadn’t made a vintage pledge pattern this year yet, I thought this would be a perfect make to get the year started.

Now the original pattern calls for a cotton or lightweight linen as this is to be more of a blouse, however since I’ve actually made this pattern before when I made my one day outfit , I thought it could be easily be made with jersey.

Sewing with Knit

Akram's Ideas: Sewing with knits
Sewing with knits wasn’t as scary as I thought

I’d been meaning to get some practice sewing with knit fabrics ever since I I enrolled in Craftsy.com course Sewing With Knits : 5 wardrobe essentials with Meg McElwe.

I really enjoyed the class and learned a lot of tips for sewing with knit, now I just needed to actually make something.

New Techniques

Akram's Ideas: topstitch with twin needle
I think my twin needle did some nice top-stitching.

When making this shirt I got to finally use my walking foot which was gifted to me by my mother-in-law Miss Linda. Plus, I finally got an excuse to use a twin needle for some top-stitching.


For this project I choose to use version C of the  Simplicity 1692 pattern. However since I was making it out of jersey knit I made a few changes.

Akram's Ideas: t-shirt tag
As always I added my tag to the inside of the shirt

First I decided to exclude the shoulder buttons since the  jersey wouldn’t have enough structure for the shoulder buttons. Also, I removed the side zipper. Since this was a t-shirt I figured it would be loose enough to slip on without a zipper.

I also made my own narrow facing for the collar of the shirt, to give it a more t-shirt look.

My First T-Shirt

As for my first t-shirt make I must say I’m in love! This shirt is super comfy and cozy.

I love how it really looks like a t-shirt and feel like I put it together really well.

Akram's Ideas: Kimono sleeves
I love how easy these sleeves are

One of the reasons I decided to go with Simplicity 1692 was because of the kimono sleeves, which meant it was super easy to put together.

The shirt could have been sized down a bit but I like that it’s pretty loose fitting as it works great with a pair of jeans and capris.

Akram's Ideas: T-shirt make
This shirt is so comfy

I think my favorite thing about this make is that I was able to make a vintage pattern and turn it into a slightly more modern easy to wear garment, while still highlighting the vintage details like the tucks at the waist.

Akram's Ideas; thinking of new ideas
I’m already thinking about making more t-shirts

Overall I’m happy with this project and can’t wait to make more t-shirts and of course more vintage patterns.

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Akram's Ideas: First T-shirt - Simplicity 1692


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Akram Taghavi-Burris

designer, writer, educator, tech nerd, crafter, baker, sewer and vintage collector, who Brings Creative & Crazy Ides to Life.

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