For a long time, I have avoided sewing basics 🙈 The sewing process seemed too boring and my first attempts were not exactly crowned with success. It was much easier to just buy basics quickly in the shop. I was very happy with the basics from Uniqlo and they are of such high quality that they last for several years. However, about 3 years ago I found out that Uniqlo also profits from the forced labour of the Uyghurs in China and therefore decided not to buy any new clothes unless the garment was produced under fair conditions. So I tried out different organic and fair labels, but unfortunately had to realise that they couldn’t keep up with Uniqlo in terms of quality, despite the higher price. Especially the material was skimped on, so the T-shirt looked flimsy after just a few washes. So the only thing left to do was to try sewing it myself again.
Fortunately, I have now found great patterns that make sewing easy and I end up with a T-shirt that is better than the ones I can buy. The most important thing here is the finish of the neckband. With the right patterns, it fits perfectly and doesn’t stick out. When it comes to fabrics, I prefer thicker qualities like interlock and even though it’s a bit more expensive, I go for organic cotton. I have worn and washed my t-shirts a lot and they still look perfect. I hope it will stay that way for a long time, then the investment in organic quality definitely be worth it for me. The sewing time of about 2-3 hours per shirt is also worth it for me. And what do you think about sewing basic pieces?
To make it a little easier for you to find the perfect basic shirt, I’ve put together a list of my favourite sewing patterns:
For wide cut T-shirts:
0.9 m recycling jersey organic cotton from Siebenblau = 17,91 €
Pattern modifications: I did not make any changes. I chose the size according to the measurement chart and the T-shirt fits exactly as I wanted a straight cut T-shirt to fit.
Conclusion: I think the pattern is great and the instructions are great too. You can easily sew your basic piece in a relatively short time. This was definitely not my last T-shirt made with this pattern, as I like to have both tight and straight cut T-shirts as basic pieces in my wardrobe. With the mottled fabric, a twin seam was too massive for me, so I opted for a simple zigzag stitch on the hems here, which I really like.
For slim fitting T-shirts:
0.7 m interlock jersey organic cotton Siebenblau = 16,73 € + small remnant piece of navy interlock jersey organic cotton
Pattern modifications: With my first version, I followed the size chart, with the result that the t-shirt was quite tight at the top, despite my narrow shoulders. That’s why I sewed this t-shirt one size bigger and now I like the fit. I also left out the contrast fabric on the sleeves and therefore lengthened the sleeve by 2 cm.
Conclusion: Big T-shirt love! 😍 I’m sure I’ll be using this pattern more often for close-fitting T-shirts and longsleeves. Then with the sleeve from the Nikko top. I’ll certainly try the dress version of the pattern too. The instructions are really great, I especially like the finish of the neckline, which I think looks very professional. Another advantage is that the shirt is cut so narrow that you can get it out of one width including the sleeves. For the hems I used a triple straight stitch, so I didn’t have to change the needle and the seam is still elastic.
I hope my little pattern compilation helps you!