DIY Matching Stripe Set!
I love that comfort wear is completely acceptable as outerwear. So when I saw this multi stripe ITY knit in the discount fabric bin at Walmart I knew I had to make myself a new comfy set with it. ITY fabric is soft, slinky and amazing to wear in the hot months. It’s not see-through, comes in lots of colors and it barely wrinkles so it’s perfect for packing to go on vacation. I have made joggers, yoga pants, capris, dresses and shirts with ITY but never shorts. I decided that the matching set would have to be a short set. Get the details below to make your own short matching set.
Cut out your pattern making sure to match any stripes or patterns on the fabric. If you are familiar with using your own clothing that fits you well to draft a pattern, go ahead and do that. Some people prefer that over commercial patterns. If you don’t know how to do that but would like to, here is a video by Mimi G on How to Copy your favorite t-shirt.
For my top I used the Classic Tee pattern by Love Notions in the scoop neck view. It has 3 neckline options: crew, scoop and v-neck. If you want to keep you pattern in tack you can make a template for each neckline option like I did below. Then you just wait until the last to cut the neckline out and replat the pattern with just the template of the neckline.
When I sew t-shirts together I typically work in these steps:
- Sew shoulders
- Sew in sleeves
- Sew from the sleeves down sides of t-shirt
- Attach neck band
I wait until the very end to hem both my shorts and t-shirt because I usually switch to a twin needle for hems. I finish all my edges with a serger, which you technically don't have to do when sewing with knits. I just like the way it looks. I always use a zig zag or lightening stitch on my sewing machine so that the seams will stretch with the fabric.
For my shorts I used the Luna Lounge wear pattern by Love Notions. The shorts are meant for woven fabric. I sized down one size because Iwas using knit. Remember: you can use knit fabric on a woven patterns if you size down but you can’t use woven fabric on a knit pattern.
When I sew shorts together, especially ones with pockets, I typically work in these steps:
- Sew front center from waist to crotch
- Sew back center from waist to crotch
- Attach pockets at the sides
- On each side: Sew from waist down to pockets, around pockets then down to hem.
- Sew inseam
Once both the top and bottom are ready to be hemmed, I switch to a twin needle on my machine. I use a Janome HD 3000 and I have to loosen my Thread tension and adjust my stitch length to the longest stitch. Back stitching doesn’t really work so I leave my threads extra long so I can tie them off on the inside at the end.
Mix and Match!
With a matching set you dont have to wear it as a set. You can split it up and wear the top with a cute pencil skirt.
You can also wear the bottoms with a simple t-shirt. Matching sets can be very versitile. That's Why I love them so much!
Below is some info on the patterns I used to make my set. They are digital patterns and very beginner friendly. If you are interested in purchasing either one you can use code KOE10 to receive a 10% discount.
The Luna Loungewear set includes five pieces: cami, knee-length nighty, bralette, capris and shorts. The bralette can be worn on its own or paired with the cami and nighty as a shelf bra. The capris and shorts feature an elasticated waistband with optional drawstring, faux fly and side-seam pockets. The capris and shorts can be made from woven or knit fabrics while the cami and nighty are meant for knits.
- Meant for knit and woven fabrics
- 5 pieces: Cami, knee-length nighty, shelf bra/bralette, shorts and capris
- Full bust option
- Optional shelf bra
- Optional side seam pockets
Sizes: XS-5X (See Size Charts here)
Skill Level: Confident Beginner
The Classic Tee sewing pattern is a semi-relaxed tee with just the right amount of ease where you need it. Choose from three neckline options: crew, scoop and v-neck. Also included are four sleeve lengths: short, elbow, 3/4 and long. This tee is a great beginner project, especially for an introduction to sewing with knits. A full bust piece is also included.
- Meant for knit fabrics
- Three necklines: crew, scoop & v-neck
- Four sleeve lengths: short, elbow, 3/4 & long
- Semi-fitted style
- Full Bust option
Sizes: XS-5X (See Size Charts here)
Skill Level: Beginner
- Knit shirt pattern
- Shorts pattern
- 2.5 yards ITY fabric
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