Sew Your Own TEE

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Anna Ng


Does the thought of sewing a t-shirt, or more specifically adding a neckband, send you into a mild or severe panic?  Then this might just be the workshop for you. 

In this hands-on class, you’ll overcome your fear of knits as you learn about knit fabrics, fool proof neckbands and using a twin needle and woolly nylon thread for hemming.  Time will also be spent demystifying the built-in knit stitches on a modern sewing machine and/or helping you find the perfect zig-zag length and width on your vintage machine.

After receiving an overview of knit fabric and stitches, students will work at their own pace sewing a t-shirt.  Anna will offer small group targeted teaching moments when several students approach the same tricky part of the pattern (ie. adding the neckband and hemming). 



This price includes entry to the entire Soul Craft Festival for the day of the masterclass.


At the end of the workshop you will have learnt how to a t-shirt on a domestic sewing machine and have a
new t-shirt to wear, enjoy and brag to your friends about!


  • Pattern - a copy of Pattern Fantastique’s Equinox Tee
    Equinox Tee PDF Pattern
    Equinox Tee Printed Pattern
    Please note this pattern doesn’t come with printed instructions.  They will be included in class or you can gain an overview of the steps involved here
  • Fabric - the Equinox tee suits basic cotton knits, interlock, merino knit and light-weight french terry.  Please ensure that the lycra/spandex/elastane content of your fabric is 5% or less.  Ponte, viscose, silk, linen and super drapey knits aren’t suitable for this pattern. 
    Fabric requirements:
    Cap Sleeve Version – 150cm x 90cm or 120cm x 130cm
    Bell Sleeve Version – 150cm x 130cm or 120cm x 130cm

  • 1.4m of 150cm wide (or 2.2m of 115cm wide) knit fabric with at least 40% stretch and preferably some lycra/elastane/spandex content.
  • All-purpose polyester thread to match your fabric.
  • Jersey (ball point) sewing needle.
  • Stretch twin needle.
  • Sewing machine (with the ability to add a second spool of thread if possible). *
  • An empty bobbin (for woolly nylon thread).
  • Fabric scissors (for trimming seam allowances).
  • Small sharp scissors (for snipping threads).
  • Pins.
  • Measuring tape.
  • Quick unpick.
  • 110cm Vilene stay tape.
  • Woolly nylon thread (supplied by the teacher at no charge).

*Some machines will be available for hire if you are unable to bring your own.


Familiarity with a sewing machine – threading a machine, winding a bobbin, replacing a bobbin and changing a sewing needle.


Before this class students will be required to purchase the Equinox TeePattern. If purchasing the PDF pattern, students will need to print and assemble the pattern, trace off their size and cut out their fabric.  Written instructions for tasks to be completed at home will be provided. Please note the PDF pattern has an A0 copy shop printing option.


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