The Ultimate T-Shirt

Fitting & Construction

with Marcy and Katherine Tilton

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Sew your new favorite shirt with the expert guidance of Katherine and Marcy Tilton, using their included, customizable Vogue pattern. Read More…

  1. Class Overview
  2. Meet the Instructor
  3. Ratings & Reviews
  4. Materials
  5. FAQs

Class Description

From their Oregon studios, the Tilton sisters share decades of design and sewing experience, showing you how to modify and sew the included Vogue T-shirt pattern for a flattering fit. You'll approach knits with confidence, from choosing and cutting out fabric to sewing stable seams and finishing edges for a polished look. Learn the ingenious secret of easing in sleeves and choose between two collar types. Follow along as the sisters construct the basic T-shirt, then show how to modify it and make it your own. Put your imagination to work – you'll want to make a dozen!

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Lesson Plan


Lesson 1. Meet Marcy & Katherine Tilton

  • Meet your instructors, Marcy and Katherine Tilton, and gain an overview of what you'll learn in class.


Lesson 2. Knit Fabric Types

  • Start with a thorough overview of different types of knits -- including the pros and cons of each -- before selecting which knit will be best for your project.


Lesson 3. Pattern Fitting

  • Tackle the pattern in style with this comprehensive discussion of how to measure, pin and fit your pattern beautifully!


Lesson 4. Constructing the T-Shirt

  • Leave your fear behind as you cut, staystitch, stabilize and sew your way through the construction of your t-shirt.


Lesson 5. Basic Wraparound Neckband

  • Time to choose your favorite neckband style! In this lesson, Katherine shares construction and sewing tips for a basic wraparound style that's chic and fun to work with.


Lesson 6. Classic Neckband Finish

  • In this lesson, Marcy walks you through everything you need to know for a gorgeous classic neckband finish that adds an entirely new look to your t-shirt.


Lesson 7. Refining the Fit

  • Refining your garment has never been so down-to-earth! Eliminate the stress of garment fitting as you pin, create darts, and refine your t-shirt for a flattering and fashionable fit.


Lesson 8. Adding the Sleeves

  • Set in the sleeve for a smooth, polished finish and check to ensure that the fit and length are just to your liking.


Lesson 9. Finishing the T-Shirt

  • Learn professional finishing tips and get inspired as Katherine and Marcy share dozens of different design ideas.

"I really enjoyed taking this class. The sisters were fun to listen to and seemed to know what they were talking about. It was a good mix of not being a perfectionist because it IS forgiving knit fabric, and how to still make sure it is a well-fitting, well-sewn garment. They go the extra mile in some instances with pressing and top stitching that I have not previously done, but seeing how much of a difference it made convinced me to start doing it."
- Jeremmy

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Included with this class:

Vogue Misses' Top Pattern (V8793). more info

Vogue Misses' Top Pattern (V8793)

Vogue Misses' Top Pattern

A Vogue Patterns Designer Original pattern by Katherine Tilton. A versatile fitted pullover top pattern, perfect to construct the Ultimate T-Shirt. Versions A, B, and C have inner and outer collars with zipper trim, long sleeves, cuffs and a stitched hem.

Price: $0.00 (included with class purchase), Retail:$18.00

Pattern sizes: Y (XS-S-M), ZZ (L-XL-XXL)

SIZE XS (4-6) S (8-10) M (12-14)
Bust 29 1/2-30 1/2in 31 1/2-32 1/2in 34-36in
Hip 31 1/2-32 1/2in 33 1/2-34 1/2in 36-38in
SIZE L (16-18) XL (20-22) XXL (24-26)
Bust 38-40in 42-44in 46-48in
Hip 40-42in 44-46in 48-50in

This pattern will be shipped directly to you by Vogue Patterns. Please allow 14 business days for U.S. shipments (international shipments will require additional time for delivery).

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  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Downloadable class materials and an included Vogue pattern
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