Hand Sew A Shirt
All levels | 2 hours 3 min
Hand Sew A Shirt
Seams and stitches
Edge finishes
Learn to stitch a shirt, sew seams, finish necklines and hem edges with just your hands, a needle, and thread. Hand-sewing clothing might seem like a wild idea, but you might actually save time since you can take your project on-the-go without being tethered to your sewing machine. Clothing designer and author Cal Patch teaches you four basic stitches, four kinds of seaming techniques, and four ways to finish edges including applying bias tape. You'll sew one sampler shirt that includes every technique or pick and choose your favorites. This class is perfect for people who may feel intimidated by the sewing machine but are curious about stitching their own garments. Take your slow-fashion wardrobe to the next level.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Fabric in light-to-medium weight woven cotton, linen or blend, in quantity as indicated for your size on pattern
  • Front and back pieces of your pattern cut out
  • Bias tape, 1 yard of ½” single-fold
  • Thread including all-purpose, topstitching, or buttonhole threads, or Perle Cotton size 8
  • Hand-sewing needles
  • Pins 
  • Scissors 
  • Marking tool (chalk, wax or pencil) and ruler
  • Thimble (optional)
  • Needle grabber (optional)
  • Beeswax (optional)
  • Fat quarter or approximately 12-18” square fabric for stitching sampler
  • Please use one of the following patterns:
  • Cal's Creativebug Boxy Tee
  • Lou Box Top 
  • Fen Top 
  • All Well Box Top 
  • Wiksten Shift Top - please use simple version without gathered back seam
  • Maya Top
  • Shirt No. 1 
Learn how to:
  • Sew a simple shirt by hand
  • Sew the running stitch, back stitch, whip stitch, and combination stitch
  • Construct a shirt with a French seam, mock French seam, flat-felled seam, and clean finish
  • Finish edges with a bias tape facing, mini blind hem, rolled hem, and Cal's hidden hem
  • Make hand-stitching easier using a thimble, needle grabber, and beeswax
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Class Reviews
27 users recommended this class to a friend
Elizabeth Cowley
Great class! I liked the pace and the careful explanations. I will definitely do this!
6 days ago
Jenn N
I'd never even considered hand sewing a shirt before this class. Cal makes it look so enjoyable!
March 22
Karen S. Yanity
The instructor is very clear and easy to follow. Makes me want to get started on a project using some of these stitches.
March 21