For July 4th I created superhero themed shirts for the entire family to wear.  Honestly, I didn’t need to make them.  But I wanted to make them.  So…it totally happened.  And I totally love it.

I decided to make myself a Thor shirt.  But I really didn’t want to wear a cape, or have a shirt with a cape attached to it, so I found an alternative method.  And I attempted to take some photos of my steps!

I took the Made for Mermaids Mya pattern for my top.  In order to have the cape look, I needed the red back piece to start further forward on my shoulder than where a typical seam falls.  Basically, I needed to take some length off of the front shoulder and add it to the back.

I picked a spot that I thought would work.  And then drew a line 1/2″ above the line, and 1/2″ below it.  The line above is where I would fold the front piece down and cut out my front bodice.  The line below is what needed to be traced and then added to the back bodice.

When taping the pieces together, be sure to overlap them with that 1/2″ seam allowance.

I really wanted to up the “cape” level by adding a gathered bit to where the two bodices were joined together.  I expanded the sleeve piece, and then ran two lines of gathering stitches and gathered it back to the original size.  And assembled the pattern as usual.

To make my sleeves look a bit like Thor’s armor, I ran vertical lines of stitches down the entire sleeve pieces.  I used my coverstitch to do this so I wouldn’t run the chance of having any popped stitches.

Beyond that, I reverse coverstitched eight circles down the front.  And then finished the shirt exactly as the pattern stated.

I’ve worn this shirt an obnoxious amount of times so far.  Probably more than a grown woman should.

But guess what?  No shame in my game.  None whatsoever.


On Me: Women’s Mya by Made for Mermaids

Fabric: Jersey Knits scavenged from multiple tees around the house