If you are sewing for some lucky girl’s holiday present, more than likely, that doll will need a t-shirt. There are probably more doll t-shirts out there than I can actually ever sew. Today my Rebecca and my Grace dolls will be modeling the 5 different t-shirts I made for the T-shirt test.
Before getting started, the weather was not the best so I had to do inside pictures. Looking at all the neckbands in the photos, I probably overstretched them as sewing especially since I was trying to make everything on my sewing machine instead of switch back and forth between it and serger. I was trying to recreate how someone just new to sewing would only be using a sewing machine.
Here are the 5 patterns getting tested:
Liberty Jane Patterns Trendy T-shirt (free)
- A fold under and stitched neckline. I stay stitched the quarter inch mark and then turned under and zig zag stitched.
- Decent fit, not too tight and not too loose
- The double fold sleeve was pretty tight. So I just did the single fold under and zig zag stitched the hem. It made the sleeve longer but at least I knew I didn’t have trouble with setting in the sleeve or closing up the side seams.
Doll It Up Dolman T-shirt (free)
- Doll It Up Dolman T-shirt is a pull over the doll’s head type of t-shirt. I don’t particularly like pulling t-shirts over my doll’s head so for that for any future makes of this pattern I will add seam allowances to the back so that I can add Velcro to the back for an easier to put on t-shirt and not mess up my doll’s hair.
- This was hard to put on and take off.
- It was fairly fitted.
- A fold under and stitch neckline which I stay stitched the quarter inch mark then turned under and zig zag stitched.
Sweet Pea & Pumpkin T-shirt (free)
- Neck band which is like what a girl would find in ready to wear.
- I really wish there was a small box with the neckband bias marked in the pattern pages.
- As this is a PDF pattern, I don’t usually have the computer up with the instructions as I am cutting pattern out.See above. I actually had to go back and fix the t-shirt after completed because I found out about the neck band so that is why my neck line is stretched out.
- Otherwise, the pattern pieces fit together nicely.
- Probably more of a boyfriend shirt style of fit.
Liberty Jane Patterns Baseball T-shirt ($3.99)
- Neckline band! That is probably the finish one would expect to see in Ready to Wear.
- Easy opportunity to color block which means that it could use smaller scrap from projects.
- Fairly fitted style
- Raglan sleeves
- Fairly fast to make (I have made this three times before but still even first time is fast)
- Definitely need a fabric with stretch (I have made this top with ponte for the body and it will only fit on my newer dolls)
- Pattern marks match up easily
Lee & Pearl’s 1001 Unisex T-shirt ($3.99)
- Neckline band! I really just love this.
- Pattern comes with a V-neck option
- Choice of long or short sleeves.
- Relaxed fit
- Pattern marks line up well
All these t-shirts were made with teal poly/ lycra knit from Fabricmart. All the doll models shown in the pictures are modern American girl dolls. I didn’t use any of the older dolls in my collection which are more stuffed than the current dolls made. As always, there will be slight variation per doll.