Another easy shirt

I found this linen knit at the fabric store on Tuesday. It’s the most comfortable hot day fabric I’ve ever felt. Any breeze goes right through it, even walking cools you off. I went for a long hike in it yesterday, and it’s like not wearing a shirt at all, only you don’t get sunburned. Perfect. The bad news is, it’s a stretchy fabric with no memory. The edges unravel and have to be properly finished. It stretches as you sew it until every sewn edge is pulled to it’s longest possible length. I did my best with rolled edges and the loosest, drapiest, simplest design I could come up with, but it was still a pain to work with.

I wouldn’t go hunting down a linen knit if I were you, but the style of top is really easy to make and nice on a hot day in any fabric. Buy 3/4 of a yard of fabric and wash it. Cut it lengthwise so that one piece is a few inches longer than the other. I used about an 8 inch difference, which made for a very low neckline. Finish all the edges if the fabric you’re using needs it. Pin the two rectangles together so all the corners line up. One piece will have a bit of extra fabric in the middle. This is fine. Sew up the short sides a bit more than half way. These are the sides of your top. Sew up the top of the shirt (the long side that does not share corners with your side seams) From each corner. Leave a 5-10″ neck hole in the middle. Wear your shirt!

An entirely different set of photos from later in the afternoon can be seen in the Etsy listing.

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12 Responses to Another easy shirt

  1. Andi says:

    I wish I could pull off drapey tops like this! It looks so cool and comfortable.

  2. Anne Weaver says:

    This is such a beautiful top!! I found your tutorial via pinterest and linked to it on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-easy-drapey-shirt/2011/07/23/

    –Anne

  3. Whitney says:

    Can’t wait to try and make this. I love drapey tops like this in the summer…and I just have to also say that I LOVE those shoes!

  4. viv says:

    I love this style of shirt. Was thinking about buying a pattern for one but thanks to you I don’thave to. Thanks!

  5. sarah says:

    Wow! I haven’t broken out the old sewing machine since i was 8. I made this shirt and I’m pretty excited!! It looks a little funny on ME without a belt, but once i added the belt it looked SO AWESOME! thank you very much for this pattern/instruction!

  6. sheelbeel says:

    I love shirts like this that look relaxed but still stylish. Definitely my next sewing project!

  7. Allie says:

    The shirt looks fantastic – and what’s even better is it’s not hard to make. The hardest part will be choosing the color! I think you did a great job on making it – you can’t even tell the fabric was tricky to work with.

  8. Jacqueline says:

    Love this, love your blog! Can’t wait to make one. Many of these shirts look like perfect beginner projects for my 10 YO daughter, too. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work and style!

  9. I love shirts like this that look relaxed but still stylish. Definitely my next sewing project!

  10. micah mcdaniel says:

    AT first glance I couldn’t figure how to make this shirt. I love it and everybody else who wrote in made theirs and loved it. All I got was “line up the corners, sew the short sides, leave a hole,…”.
    I need to come back when I’m not folding laundry and trying to make a list for the grocery store. Everybody wants dinner NOW. At least I know this shirt will fit into my allotted sewing time and “me ” time. What — 5 minutes it takes to make? I ought to be able to swing that! Thank you sew much for giving me something to sew that I love and that I actually have the time to make!
    M

  11. carol Tocio says:

    I love this shirt ! I’s so comfortable and stylish and it will be cool in the summer. Your instructions produced a very nice result. Thank you . I’ll be looking for more of your patterns and/or instructions.

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