I’ve Been Wearing the Same Shirt for 20 Years!

Whaaaaaat?  I started making this shirt 20 years ago and love it so much I’m still making it.  I learned to sew in high school 50 years ago (boy it hurts to say that out loud)!


I first made this shirt in 1999.  I love it.


But, I did alter it.  I’m always hot, so I did away with the collar.  I folded the pattern front center edge to give a smooth V neck and do away with the collar.  But then I needed to create a facing.  So I laid the pattern piece on tracing paper and traced the curve, then add 2″ to the width.  I also shortened it by folding the pattern up to give it a straight edge.


I decided I didn’t need to add a separate yoke, so I stitched the yoke pattern piece to the back pattern piece to simplify the process.


I love cotton shirts.  How lucky that I’m a quilter with access to lots of cotton fabric!  After washing the fabric I cut out all the pieces and then serge the edges.

I love that the sleeves are not set in and that the front of the sleeve is the same as the back.  It makes it easy to stitch to the front and back pieces, and then stitch the side seams.


Four more shirts ready for me to wear.


My uniform – cotton shirt & jeans!  Life is good.

14 thoughts on “I’ve Been Wearing the Same Shirt for 20 Years!

  1. Lynn Johnson

    I love your blouses. I used to do the same thing for years the same pattern then quit sewing for myself and just do quilting now but seeing these I might just move some things over and make myself some. I am wondering though, you said it doesn’t have set in sleeves but the pattern looks like it, did you change the pattern there too or? Thank you so much for the inspiration.


    1. ifthesethreadscouldtalk Post author

      I know what you mean. It is hard to quit quilt to make some shirts. But I love the quality of the cotton over store bought. What I meant about the sleeve is, way back when you used to stitch up the side of the shirt, then stitch the side of the sleeve, and then try to work the two openings to fit. This pattern you stitch the the shirt front to the shirt back, but not the sides. Then you pin the open sleeve to the open shirt front and back. Then pin right sides together and stitch the shirt side and sleeve at the same time.


  2. Marlene H

    You’re looking fine, Jackie. And think of the massive dollars you have saved over the years by not purchasing your blouses in the ladies departments of stores. 👍



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