|cutting out the shirt front and back|
- I measured myself from where I wanted the neckline to be down to the point I wanted the hem to be (22"), added 1" to it for casing allowance at the neckline (23"). This became the length for the middle of my shirt. Note: after wearing this shirt a few times I would make the back of the shirt 1"-2" inches longer than the front of the shirt.
- I measured myself from under the armpit to where I wanted the hem to fall (16") and added 1" for seam allowance. This became the length for the side of my shirt.
- I took my hip measurement, added 6" to it, and divided that measurement by 2 (46+6=50, 52/2=26). This became the width for sides of my shirt.
- I took the width of my over-bust (just the front from sleeve seam area to sleeve seam area) and multiplied it by 1.5. This became the width for the top of my shirt.
- I just messed around with the armhole area using my tailor's chalk between the neckline and the armpit point till it looked about right.
|the sleeves and shirt front|
|I sewed a line 1/2" below the bottom hem line to make a casing for the elastic. |
Next time I make this shirt I plan to skip the elastic because it makes the shirt creep up when I sit.
I may add a band of fabric instead or just leave it as is.
|sewing the "casing" on the sleeves just like I did with the hem|
|adding the elastic to the sleeve hem|
|adding the elastic to the hem of the shirt.|
again, I probably wouldn't do this the next time.
|sew the shirt front and back together and turn right side out.|
- Once you have the sleeves sewn in, fold the neckline over 3/4" and sew at the 1/2" mark to create a casing for the elastic at the neckline.
- Then add some 3/8" elastic and pull tight till the neckline falls where you'd like it to.
- Sew the elastic ends together and close the case.
- Then fold the area under the armpit over about 1/2" and hem it.
|the finished product|