|Colorful top stitching is fun, and maybe a bow or two might add a bit of delight|
|Roses and florals never go out of style…. and wild prints are always fun!|
Take some measurements! TIP: have a pen & a piece of paper handy to write down the figures as you measure them to reference later.
First, take your bust measurement (the largest part around your chest). We’ll call this your bust measurement.
Second, lay the tape across the front of your shoulders, measuring a length big enough to get over your head, but small enough for modesty. We’ll call this your neck measurement.
Third, measure from the top of your shoulder down to a few inches farther than your armpit. Call this your armhole measurement.
Fourth, measure from your collarbone down to however long you want your shirt to be. Keep in mind that you will be belting this shirt afterward, so add a bit more than how long you want it for eases sake. Call this your length measurement.
Cut along your pin/marker line. DO NOT CUT ALONG THE FOLD!
Now would be the time to serge your fabric if you have one 🙂
Fold your fabric widthwise and iron along the top, making a crease. Now, fold it again lengthwise, so that you had two folds on the width edge and one long fold along the length. Mark the tip of this fold with a pin as shown in the diagram.
Lay your tape measure along the top fold so that the half mark of your neck measurement lays on the center pin. Pin at the beginning of the tape measure, and at the part of the tape measure which marks your neck measurement.
Cut between the pins. Pull the shirt over your head to make sure the slit is big enough. If it is just a bit snug, leave it as we will be eliminating 1/2″ off of each end of the slit in the following step.
At an angle, cut in 1/2″ at the slit twice at each end as shown in the above photo. Turn the shirt wrong side out and fold down 1/4″ of the edges of the neck opening, and again 1/4″ so that the raw edges are tucked in the hem. Press with the iron and pin.
This hem is rather tricky since it’s so tiny, so pull out your hand-sewing skills and baste it down, removing the pins as you go.
Now you get to sew down the hem! Make sure you stitch pretty close to the edge, so that no raw edges come un-tucked after sewing.
Measure from the top fold down to your armhole measurement and mark with a pin.
Sew from the pin down with a 5/8″ seam allowance to the edge of the shirt. Press the seam open.
At the section you left open, fold down 5/8″ and pin. Turn the shirt inside out and sew.
Repeat steps 9-11 on the other side of the shirt.