I am so excited to introduce you to today’s guests – the incredible, awesome, and talented duo behind eat.sleep.MAKE.

Jen & Shannon absolutely knock my socks off with some of their creations, paired up with their eye-catching photography and beautiful blog design, and you have a combination that can’t be beat.

I reached out to them a few weeks ago to see if they would be interested in guesting on the blog today, and was thrilled when they said yes!

Please join me in welcoming Jen & Shannon, and check out the fabulous tutorial they came up with for us today!!!


Hi everyone!  We are Jen and Shannon from eat.sleep.MAKE.  We are sisters in law that both have a chronic crafting problem.  We love to share the things that inspire us, and are constantly trying new things to grow ourselves creatively.
On eat.sleep.MAKE, we share simple tutorials and DIY’s that range from sewing, parties, home decoration, recipes, and everything in between.  
We are so excited to be over here at Me Sew Crazy today sharing this fun tutorial!  Jen designed and constructed the shirt and Shannon added the artistic flair. 

What you will need:

  • 2 yards knit fabric (interlock is best for this project, but you could use jersey as long as it’s not too thin)
  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies (ballpoint needle is highly recommended for this project since you’ll be sewing with knits.)
  • Chisel tip paint brush
  • Jacquard Textile Color in black (or in any color you choose)

1. First, take a longer shirt that fits you well (not snugly) and tuck the sleeves inside of the shirt. Place it on the edge of your tracing paper. I like to use freezer paper but any large tracing paper or wrapping paper work well too.
2. Add 1/2 inches for seam allowance, and trace around the neck and armhole of your shirt. Stop tracing just below the armhole.
3. Draw a straight line 1/2 inch below the bottom of your shirt and extend it roughly 4 inches beyond the edge of your shirt.
4. Starting at the armhole, draw a slightly curved line away from your shirt as shown in the picture above. Stop a little below halfway down your shirt, then draw a line down to meet the line you drew at the bottom.
5. Here is what your pattern should look like so far!
6. Now to create the curve in the front, draw a curve from the bottom to the side of your pattern as shown in the picture above.
7. First, make sure your fabric stretches sideways when you pull it. Then, with your fabric folded right sides together, place your pattern on top of your fabric and cut on the fold. This is the back of your shirt. Repeat this same process for the front of your shirt, but cut the neckline lower. Also cut a piece of fabric 22 inches long and 1 inch wide on the bias for your neck binding.

8. You should now have 3 pieces of fabric: a front piece, a back piece, and binding for the neck.

9. Place your front piece and your back piece right sides together and match up the shoulders. Sew one of the shoulders together and open back up.
10. Fold your binding in half, wrong sides together, and iron.
11. With the right side of your shirt facing up, match the raw edge of your binding to the raw edge of the neckline and pin all the way around the neckline. Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew along the neckline to attach. Press.
12. Place your shirt right sides together again and sew the other shoulder closed. Now hem your armholes by folding the raw edge 1/4 inch, ironing, then folding another 1/4 inch and ironing again. Pin and sew. Repeat for other armhole.
13. Right sides together, pin from each armhole to the corner of the shirt only as shown above. Sew each side closed where pinned.
14. Turn inside out and press (because I totally did, cough cough :)

And now this gets passed onto Shannon!

So, this is where I come in.. adding a little flair to this shirt (which I love and have demanded that Jen make me one, too!)

15. I clipped the shirt to a drawing board to keep the fabric taut while I painted.

16.  I used Jacquard Textile Color in black and a chisel tip paint brush to paint a geometric design.  Make sure to put a piece of paper inside the shirt under where you are painting to prevent any paint from seeping through to the back.  Once the paint dries, you iron the backside of it to heatset the paint ont he fabric. 

We love this shirt so much that we’re making one for each of us! 
Thank you for stopping by and hanging out with us over here!  Check out a few of our other projects like our Repurposed Birchbox Boxes and The Maddie Dress.

See you soon!


I absolutely love that shirt ladies! I love how you both used your talents to come up with something together, talk about teamwork. It is so mod, yet feminine, and simply perfect for Summer. Thank you so much for being here!

Be sure to hop on over to eat.sleep.MAKE. and see some of their other fabulous creations…

Micro Dino Taxidermy?! YES PLEASE!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…

Happy Sewing!