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Made By A Fabricista: The Making of a Complete Outfit

Hi Guys!  For this month’s post, I wanted to make a complete outfit.  What does that even mean, right? To me, that means a top and bottom. I noticed that I make a lot of dresses and skirts and I wanted to make some separates this month.  I decided on making these pleated trousers.  This pattern is part of Sew It Academy.  I also received Mimi G’s new book called, Make It Yours with Mimi G, which I totally love.  To sum it up, the book comes with 7 basic patterns that help build your wardrobe and then she shows you how to hack these patterns into a different garment.  I decided to make The Fitted Tee from the book to go with my pleated trousers.

Since I already knew what I was going to be making this month, I knew what fabrics I wanted to work with.  For the T-shirt, I wanted a soft, opaque knit fabric.  I came across this Coral Red Rayon/Lycra Light Weight Jersey Knit.  This fabric is everything I was hoping it would be.  It has a nice drape and opaque how I wanted it to be.  Perfect for making a T-Shirt. 

If you’re a beginner sewer, this T-shirt pattern is perfect for you! Believe it or not, this T-Shirt took me less than an hour to make, including cutting the fabric.  There are only 5 pattern pieces to this pattern, the front bodice, back bodice, the 2 sleeves and the neckband.  That’s it. I wouldn’t normally tell a beginner to start off with knit fabric, but this jersey knit was great to sew with.  Also, make sure you use a ball point needle. People are also usually told to use a zig zag stitch when sewing with knits, but this is not a form fitting garment, so I used a straight stitch.  You can also make this entire top using your serger, if you have one.

5 Steps to Sewing this T-shirt

1. Once all the pattern pieces are cut out, sew the front and back bodice together at the shoulders.

2. Pin the sleeves at the shoulders and sew.  Next, pin the front and back of the T-shirt at the sleeves and down the sides and sew.

3. Hem the sleeves and the hem of the T-shirt.

4. Attach the neckband and wear your T-shirt!

Pleated Trousers

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed or not, but pleated trousers are all the rage right now.  There is actually a pleated trouser in the McCall’s Fall patterns just released.  As I mentioned before, the trousers I made are part of the Sew It Academy.  I loved them the minute I saw them. Brittany J Jones and Mimi G both made them using linen and I decided to do the same.  I used this Navy/Smoke Blue 100% Linen Shirt Weight Linen fabric.  I don’t usually sew with linen and was excited to make these pants with it.  I chose this navy linen because blue is my favorite color and I thought they would look great with a red T-shirt.  This fabric has also sold out, but there are tons of other linen selections on the Fabric Mart site. 

These trousers are wide leg and have a pleat in the front.  They are meant to be loose fitting and are very comfortable.  I dressed my trousers down by wearing them with a T-Shirt and sneakers, but these would look great with a nice blazer. I really like the way my pants came out and I see more pleated trousers and T-shirts in my feature.

My last post of the year will be the first week of December.  You know what that means.  Holiday attire! We’ll have to wait and see if I stick to that. 

Until next time,


Until next time!

JOHANNA @soveryjo  

Unfortunately Fabric Mart Fabrics sell out quickly!
You can find similar fabrics by shopping the following categories: JERSEY KNIT & LINEN.


  1. Johanna, I love your color choices. Great fabric selections too. Mimi’s book looks like a great investment. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Nice. I love your whole look. The Tshirt looks perfect.

  3. Thank you giving me great ideas. Thanks for the linen tip.


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