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Vogue 8793 the Ultimate T-Shirt

Now I know why they call Vogue 8793 the Ultimate T-Shirt

I’ve been at it again and doing a little more fun sewing for me when I should have actually been working on my assignment… ah well there’s always tomorrow.

So here’s what I’ve been getting up to…

A couple of months ago I signed up for the Craftsy class with Marcy and Katherine Tilton – The Ultimate T-Shirt: Fitting & Construction .  I watched the class all the way through when I first signed up and have been itching to jump in and make my first T-Shirt.  I decided to take some timeout from my studies and make my first Ultimate T-Shirt and I’m so glad I did as I just love it and it fits perfectly!  I can definitely highly recommend this class and Vogue 8793

What do you think?  Not a bad looking T-Shirt even if I do say so myself :)

Vogue 8793 Ultimate T-Shirt

I think this is one of the best t-shirts I’ve ever worn!

Overall I really happy with the outcome of this T-Shirt.  It’s the first time I’ve ever sewn myself a T-Shirt and I love it.  I’ll definitely be using Vogue 8793 again that’s for sure!

The great thing about this pattern Vogue 8793 is it’s included in Marcy and Katherine Tilton – The Ultimate T-Shirt: Fitting & Construction Craftsy class and it’s posted to you straight after you sign up for the class.

Vogue 8793 – Katherine Tilton

To make the T-Shirt I used some stretch knit fabric from the haul that I purchased when we had our holiday back home on the Gold Coast and OMG I had so many to choose from and I had a hard time deciding which fabric to use.  With so many fabrics to choose from and because at the end of the class Katherine and Marcy share a collection of T-Shirts they’d made I had so many ideas spinning around in my head as to which fabrics to use and what ideas to use.

Fabric Haul from Gold Coast Holiday

Decisions Decisions… there was just so many to choose from out of this stash as most of the fabric in here is stretch knit and would be perfect for this T-Shirt!

I’m so glad I chose the fabrics I used for my first T-Shirt as they were a dream to sew with and I just love the print and the colour and had a little fun with print placement and I made sure the big circles didn’t end up in places I’d rather they didn’t like on one of my boobs LOL

Vogue 8793 using a printed stretch knit

Really loving this print!

How good did this neckband turn out?

Katherine and Marcy share two different techniques for attaching the neckband.  I decided I’d go with Marcy’s technique and I’m glad I did as it sat perfectly on my first attempt.  Here’s a close up of how nice and flat the neckband sits.  I don’t think I could have got a better result even if I tried.  In the class Katherine & Marcy didn’t use the pattern piece that comes with Vogue 8793.  They both show a way of measuring and creating your own neckband which was really easy to do and as you can see turned out well for this T-Shirt.

Vogue 8793 close up of neckband

Really happy with how the neckband turned out and sits really well.

I’m now onto T-Shirt No 2 and having a little fun with colour blocking and trying to create an illusion

With my new found confidence from what I had learned in this class and with my head full of ideas of what I could do with Vogue 8793 and some of the fabric I had on hand I decided I’d give colour blocking a try.  I’ve seen so many great projects people have sewn using colour blocking and I’ve been waiting for an opportunity and thought this pattern would be perfect to give it a go.

I figured I’d trace off the Vogue 8793 pattern, I’d just used to make my first T-Shirt, and slice it up into sections.  Then I thought mmmm maybe I could give myself the illusion of an hourglass figure by blocking out an hour glass shape on the front and the back pattern pieces.

So with pen, pattern, and rulers at hand on, and a bit of dutch courage behind me I was on my way to trying out my first colour blocking attempt.  I thought for this T-Shirt I’d also lower the neckline a little as this is meant to give you a longer look adding to the illusion of a slimmer figure.. or so they say anyways LOL.

Once I decided where I wanted to cut my pattern pieces, I marked out all my changes and cutting lines and sliced up my pattern. Then added some extra paper for the new seam lines and then cut out the pattern.  I was all set to go on my first attempt at colour blocking :)

Here’s my pattern pieces all cut out and my fabric selection made.

Vogue 8793 Colour blocking

Pattern pieces all cut out ready to go. Fabric all picked out and ready to go.

I will admit at this stage I was feeling a little nervous wondering to myself if this was going to work and look as good as what I was visualising it would.  Like they say you never never know unless you give it a go.  Let’s face it worse case I’ll just waist a little fabric but I then again I can always buy more.

The print knit is a burnout knit and I was thinking I would use the black knit as an underlining on the bodice and leave the sleeve unlined so a little skin would show through and show off the burnout print in the knit.

Once I cut out my fabric I placed the burnout fabric on top of the plain black fabric I was using as the underling and for the rest of the T-Shirt.  In this pic you can see the burnout sections in the print fabric.

Pinning top layer of fabric to underlining getting ready for basting together.

Pinning top layer of fabric to underlining getting ready for basting together.

Once I’d pinned the top layers of the front and back panels I machines basted them together so as I could continue on sewing the pieces as if they were one.

Here’s what the centre front looked like when it was pinned and ready for basting.

Now you can see the hourglass illusion I'm trying to create.

Now you can see the hourglass illusion I’m trying to create.

Here’s what the centre back looks like all pinned together ready for basting.

Oh if only I had a waistline that looked like that LOL

Oh if only I had a waistline that looked like that LOL

So that’s all the photos I have for my colour blocking to for now… I can say it’s finished but I just haven’t yet taken any pics… so stay tuned to find out if I ended up creating that dream hourglass illusion for myself  or if it was just a illusion I’d created in my mind :)

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  1. says

    OMG Chris, I am totally loving the fabrics and what you have done with the hourglass look. I can’t wait to see the finished product. I might even pinch this idea for some doll clothes patterns in the future :P

    • says

      Thanks Rosie and feel free to pinch the idea for your dolls clothes patterns as I think it would be perfect for them for sure! Be sure to let me know when you do as I’d love to see what you come up with :)

  2. says

    Wow – your tee turned out great! I like it so much better than the one on the model. Can’t wait to see the color blocked one. Isn’t it great to learn new techniques and pattern manipulation? I may try the class just for that!

    • says

      What a lovely compliment Jenny! Thank you and it sure is great learning new techniques and especially when they turn out the way they are suppose to first time around. It’s a great class and Katherine & Marcy Tilton are wonderful together and they sure do know a lot about knits. I suppose you could say knits are their specialty. At the moment Craftsy have got a fantastic sale on and best of all the pattern is included with the class. So if you’re thinking of taking the class I’d jump in while they have the sale on as it’s only around $20 which is a bargain! I’ll be sure to share some pics so you can see how the colour blocked one turned out :)

  3. says

    Fabulous! A colour blocked t-shirt, I never would have even thought of such a thing! I always associate colour blocking with a formal dress, but am so using this idea for my next t-shirt! I also love the fabrics you chose, very funky. And, yes, the neckband seems to sit exactly right, no gaping or weirdness. Nice!

    • says

      I hadn’t thought about it either Catja and had been seeing so many patterns for colour blocking but like you say they were all quite formal and where I live I don’t get much of a chance to wear anything formal. I’m so glad I decided to give colour blocking a try on this t-shirt. Now I’ve got the confidence to give colour blocking a try on just about any pattern I think it could work on. Save having to rely on finding a pattern that’s already designed for colour blocking. Just make it up yourself and let your imagination run wild LOL

    • says

      I’m so loving the colours too Fiona. They’re definitely a great colour combination and are so bright and smart at the same time. You are so right about the pattern. Definitely will be using this one again! Oh by the way I’m so glad you got your sewing mojo back… I suppose in reality it’s thanks to your mum and the shirt your made for her :)

  4. says

    Love your first t-shirt. Looks great on you and the fabric is lovely – BUT – oooh laa laa – that second one looks like it’s going to be GORGEOUS and I have real fabric envy. Looking forward to seeing it sewn up.

    Funny, before trolling through Feedly my blog reader I went onto Craftsy as I got an email saying that the classes are on sale – and picked myself up 3 classes. Now I am going to have to go back and get this t-shirt one.

    • says

      As soon as I saw that oooh laa laa fabric in the store I just had to have it LOL. I had no idea what I was going to make with it but made sure I had enough of it to make what ever I wanted. Once I’d sewn the first t-shirt and thought about doing some colour blocking with the pattern I just knew I was going to use my oooh laa laa fabric and what I wanted to do with it. Definitely grab the class BeaJay as it’s a great one and you’ll get the pattern with it too. I just love my Craftsy classes and refer back to them so much. I too bought a few more… actually there’s only a couple of sewing classes I haven’t bought only because they’re not ones I’m really interested in at this stage.

  5. Leonie says

    You’re going to have a great time making many unique versions of this top. I can’t wait to see the completed burnout top.

  6. Sue Cooper says

    Hi – your t shirt look great. Can you advise me when you purchased your craftsy course did they forward the dvd by post
    Kind regards

    • says

      Hi Sue, When you sign up for a Craftsy class you can watch it straight away, there’ s no waiting for anything to arrive in the post. Craftsy host the classes and they’re interactive as well so you can ask questions as you work through the class and you’ll get answers from the teacher and from the other students as well. Craftsy has one of the best video training platforms I’ve ever used and believe me I’ve used a lot LOL. By the way Craftsy have a huge sale on at the moment plus they have free classes you can sign up for to test out how they’re classes work. I can assure you you’ll love their classes… careful though as they have so many great ones you can end up addicted to them LOL

  7. says

    I must sign up for the class ~ your T’s are just fantastic, very creative and what a super fit. And I am very jealous of your fabric stash – that must have been one fantastic Gold Coast holiday … J

    • says

      It’s a great class Judith and I really like having both Katherine & Marcy sharing their tips. They are both so down to earth and are really passionate about sewing with knits and making gorgeous t-shirts and they make it so easy to be able to get a great fit without too much effort either. Oh and that holiday was one of the best! It was a fabric lovers dream holiday. I’m thinking I might have to go back home a couple of times a year just so I can replenish my fabric stash LOL

    • says

      Thanks Carolyn and I wasn’t much of a t-shirt girl before either and now I think I’m hooked. I’ve never worn a t-shirt before that I was comfortable in or felt was dressy enough but now I think I’m hooked and can see myself sewing and wearing a lot more of them. They’re just so darn comfortable to wear and quick and easy make :)

    • says

      You’re so sweet Cennetta, thank you for the lovely compliment. I’ve already worn this t-shirt a few times so it’s definitely going to get a lot of wear. I think getting a great fit has resulted in a really comfortable t-shirt to wear :)

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