One of may favorite things to do is draft patterns from ready made clothes. Today I am going to share with you how to draft a basic T shirt pattern from a ready to wear shirt. My husband has a V neck old navy shirt that I really like. I needed a good V neck shirt pattern for our upcoming family pictures, so I figured the Old Navy shirt would be a perfect place to get it.
What you will need:
-A basic ready made shirt you would like to replicate.
-A large sheet of paper. (I like using medical paper)
-Pen or Pencil
Start by folding your shirt in half. You will want to get it as lined up as possible. Lay your shirt on top of your piece of paper. I like to do this on a surface like carpet where the pins will stick through the paper to mark the outline.
Next take your pins and start pinning the entire outline of the shirt bodice. Make sure the pin on the INSIDE of the neckband, as you will draft a neckband piece separate.
Remove all the pins from the shirt and move the shirt off of the paper. You will be left with pin holes through the paper.
Next trace the pin holes using your ruler to make sure everything is straight and square.
Once all traced you should have a bodice piece!
Next add your desired seam allowance and hem allowance!
Repeat the same process for the sleeve and for the back of the bodice!
For the neckband you can follow your favorite knit neckband method to draft a neckband piece, or check out this post where I talk about how knit neckbands are drafted! Since I made my husbands shirt to be a V neck, I actually followed the directions used in the Union St Tee pattern by Hey June Handmade. I modified the neckband piece provided in that pattern to work for my husbands shirt. If you don’t have this pattern, I highly recommend it. The V neck neckband instructions are amazing!