Elastic Waist Linen Shorts – Almost A One Hour Project

Elastic Waist Linen Shorts – Almost A One Hour Project


elastic waist linen shorts

This elastic waist linen shorts project is something that has been requested by quite a few of you by email.  I appreciate the kind request.  Sometimes I forget that the majority of the readers of this blog are beginners.  So sometimes I need to dial back my impulses and to simplify the projects.  However, that does not mean that we are going to be making an ugly pair of shorts, nor will I be promising that you can make it in two stitches, and just by magic you’ll have a pair of elastic waist summer shorts like so many videos on YouTube promise.

elastic waist linen shorts

These shorts are designed to be worn over your swimming suit, to hang around the pool and garden, or relax on the terrace.  Be sure to make them in linen or good quality, loose weave cotton so they can drape on your hips and be worn through the summer comfortably.

elastic waist linen shorts

Please have a look at my fabric suggestions, they are the four pictures that look like advertising, you do not need to buy from that site although it helps me with the affiliate program to keep going at giving you free patterns.  At least please read the type of fabric and the description so you know what I am talking about.  This part is often forgotten, yet it is crucial to use the right fabric to be successful in the project.

elastic waist linen shorts

These elastic waist linen shorts have a type of slanted patch pockets.  Yes I know, I had to go and add a little challenge for you.  How else can we make it more interesting?  The pockets are optional of course and can be subbed out for any of your choosing.

elastic waist linen shorts

Materials

  • 3/4 to 1 yard of 56″ linen (see fabric suggestions below)
  • Thread to match
  • A small strip of fusible interfacing for the pocket facing
  • 1 1/2″ elastic, enough to go around the waist of the shorts
  • 3/8″ cotton cord, the amount depends on our waist plus 16″
  • Two large beads with a 3/8″ hole

Tools

  • Sewing machine or hand needle
  • Scissors
  • Pins

Sewing Level:  Advanced Beginner

You should have knowledge of grain line, seam allowance, how to sew a straight stitch, and some knowledge of fitting to your own body shape.

Fitting your shorts: the most important detail is that the waist stretches as far as the widest part of your hips and the elastic rests comfortably around 1″ above your belly bottom.

Do you need to make the shorts larger?  Then check out the first part of the Walking Shorts sew along where I go into detail on how to do it.

Walking Shorts Pattern & Sew-Along – Part One

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How To Print Your Elastic Waist Linen Shorts Pattern

Use Adobe Reader to download and print the pattern.  Print on Landscape and use the Actual Size setting.  Do not scale at all.

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Pattern Layout

elastic waist linen shorts

Body Measurements

Size Waist Hips Length
S 27-29″ 33-35″ 15 1/4″
M 29-31″ 35-37″ 15 3/8″
L 31-33″ 37-39″ 15 1/2″
XL 33-35″ 39-41″ 15 5/8″

How To Sew Your Elastic Waist Shorts

The seam allowances are not included in this elastic waist shorts pattern, so please add an amount according to your level of skill, beginners 5/8″ and everyone else 3/8″.

Sewing The Pockets

Iron a piece of fusible interfacing on the facing of the pockets.  If you do not have fusible interfacing you can use a piece of thin cotton fabric.  We are trying to stop the pockets from gaping since the opening is on a bias.

elastic waist linen shorts

elastic waist linen shorts

Fold the facing and stitch the facing down using a double stitch.

elastic waist linen shorts

Follow the steps in the photo below.  The amount of fold will depend on your seam allowance. elastic waist linen shorts

  1. Fold the corner
  2. Fold the bottom of the pocket
  3. Fold the side
  4. Align the side of the pocket with the side of the front of the pants and stitch the pocket down very close to the edge.

elastic waist linen shorts

elastic waist linen shorts

elastic waist linen shorts

elastic waist linen shorts

Topstitch again 1/4″ from the first stitch line.  Repeat on the other side.

elastic waist linen shorts

Joining The Fronts Together

Place front sides together and sew just a little past the curve.

elastic waist linen shorts

Joining The Backs Together

Sew the two backs together ending a little past the curve.

elastic waist linen shorts

Serge all the seams including the hem and iron open the inseams.

Sewing The Front And Backs Together

Here is where I change the print of the fabric.  If you have been following me on Instagram you would have seen some carving on linoleum to make prints for sharing with you guys.

Place front and back print side together, then sew the sides together using the seam allowance you have chosen.

Sew the inseam on each leg.

elastic waist linen shorts

Sew the rest of the crotch closed, making sure to keep the seam allowances of the legs open.

elastic waist linen shorts

Making The Waistband And The Hem

Measure the waistband on your shorts.

elastic waist linen shorts

Take the measurement of the waist of the shorts X 4″.  Iron the strip lengthwise.  Sew the strip to form a band.  You need to divide the band in four, front back and sides.

elastic waist linen shorts

Pin the waistband placing the seam on the back.  Sew the waistband from the outside to the inside.   Sew the band from the outside to the inside.

elastic waist linen shorts

Attach a small amount of fusible interfacing on the front of the band and either insert some grommets or make two buttonholes to be able to add a cord to your elastic waist linen shorts.  Make a band with the elastic.  The amount of elastic depends on your waist, but make sure that the elastic is large enough to go over your hips.

Insert the elastic through the pants.  Please watch the video on How To Make Short Pajamas from minute 10:40 to 13:00.  Here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2P_idySKaiY

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Pin the band to the edge you have already sewn.

elastic waist linen shorts

Start sewing the band at the back of the shorts.  Put the needle down and pull the waistband front and back.  Be careful not to catch the elastic.

elastic waist linen shorts

elastic waist linen shorts

Finally, fold the hem up 1″ and sew.  Insert the cord and iron your shorts!

I hope that you can make good use of these elastic waist linen shorts since so many of you guys have been asking for a pattern like this one.  The perfect top to go with them is the linen V-top which is also a free pattern.

Thanks for reading, And Until Next Time, Happy Sewing!

Need a pair of dressy shorts? Something more elegant to get back to school perhaps? Try the ones below.  Or maybe you want some walking shorts, these ones are a three-part sew-along starting by altering the pattern to fit your body.

Women’s Dressy Shorts Pattern – Great For All Ages And Seasons

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Culottes Tutorial For Summer Glamour

Culottes Tutorial For Summer Glamour


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Culottes, one of the most trendy styles of the 50’s and 60’s, are back!  Culottes are flared pants or shorts that can often look like a skirt or a dress when you’re wearing them.  I have been trying to help you build a warm-weather wardrobe that is both easy and practical  –and that is easy to make.  Here is another free pattern to add to your collection of projects for the summer.

culottes tutorial

photo credit: Spring and Summer 1955 Lane Bryant via photopin (license)

“Culotte” is a French word that means the lower part of a garment or knee-breeches.  They have been fashionable since Henry III made them popular at court in France in the latter part of the 1500s and were worn mostly by the upper class.  Later, in the time leading up to the French revolution in the 18th century, the lower classes who wouldn’t have worn culottes became known as “sans-culottes” or literally “without short pants” — a term these partisans and revolutionaries embraced as they manned the street barricades.

There are two things I really like about this culottes tutorial and pattern –there is an option of adding front pockets to the pants without adding bulk to the tummy and you can easily transform them into long pants by adding length at the hem.

culottes tutorial

My choice of fabric is a Jacquard Knit since this pattern is for knits only.  For some ideas of the right sort of fabric to use, please check the link below.

Materials

Fabric Recommendations

Pattern sizes

These culottes are in sizes 6 to 22.  The Lower Waist measurement relative to the Hips measurement below may appear unusual to some readers, but for this design to fit right, I can assure you it is correct for the knit fabric I am using.

Finished Garment Measurements

Size Lower Waist Hips Hem Width
6 31″ 52″ 60″
8 32″ 53″ 61″
10 34″ 54″ 63″
12 35 1/2″ 55 1/2″ 64 1/2″
14 37″ 57″ 66″
16 38 1/2″ 58 1/2″ 67 1/2″
18 40″ 60″ 72″
20 42″ 62″ 74″

Pattern Pieces

  • Two backs
  • Two fronts
  • Two pockets front
  • Two pockets back
  • One waistband (not included in the pattern).  Please follow instructions on how to cut your waistband.

Features

  • These pants look like an A-line skirt or amazing super-elongating silhouette palazzo pants.
  • A flattering feature in this pattern is the pockets in the front but they are OPTIONAL.
  • Soft waistband that does not add bulk to the tummy area.
  • For the girls that do not like to wear pants in summer, this is the perfect style to feel very comfortable and still look like you are wearing a skirt.
  • 5/8″ seam allowance in all pattern pieces.

Video Tutorial

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Pattern Layout

Culottes tutorial

Step One: Download the pattern

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Step Two: Cut the fabric

Use a rotary cutter or very sharp scissors and as many pins or weights as you can so your fabric does not move while cutting.  Pay special attention to the grain on the fabric indicated in your pattern.

For more guidance on Mistakes to Avoid When Cutting Fabric, please read this guide.

Step Three: Sew the pocket.

Culottes tutorial

We will start by stabilizing the seam and the opening of the pocket by adding fusible interfacing or stay tape.  This step is a must because this area will stretch and become baggy if you do not use fusible interfacing.

Culottes tutorial
Culottes tutorial

Place the front pocket piece right side down on the front side of the pants.  Prints are going to be facing each other.  Sew the front pocket side to the front pants using a 5/8″ seam.

Culottes tutorial
Culottes tutorial

Turn the pant piece print side down and pin the seam allowance to the pocket. Iron and stay stitch the seam allowance to 1/8″ from the seam. Trim the seam allowance, turn the pocket and iron.

Turn the pocket to the inside of the pants as it is going to hang and make two rows of stitches for decoration and for reinforcing the edge of the pocket.  You can use your twin needle here as well.

For guidance on How to Use a Twin Needle, please follow this guide.

Culottes tutorial

Do the same to the other pocket.

Trim the seam allowance, turn the pocket and iron.

Change your needle to a twin needle and stay stitch on the right side.  The use of a twin needle is optional.  To have the same effect without the twin needle just make 2 rows of stitches.

Culottes tutorial

Turn the front side with the pocket you have been working on print side down, place the back side of pocket on top of the front side of the pocket.  Sew around the pocket at 5/8″. 

Culottes tutorial

Zigzag the edges or use the serger.  Please note that many knits do not need the edges to be finished because they do not ravel.  If they do, serge them.

Step Four: Assemble the culottes

Culottes tutorial

Sew the two fronts together but stop two inches from the end.

Culottes tutorial

Sew the back pieces the same way, stopping 2 inches from the end.

Culottes tutorial

Sew the sides of the culottes and finish the seam either with a zigzag or a serger.

Culottes tutorial

Sew the inseam and zigzag the edges or use your serger.

Step Five: Check fitting and add the waistband

Culottes tutorial

The pants at the waist should be close to your hips but not tights,  there should be no gaps between the waistline and your hipbones.  Adjust the pants according to your body, then measure the waist and cut a band 1″ to 1 1/2″ smaller than the measurement.

Culottes tutorial
Culottes tutorial

Fold the band in half.  Sew the ends at 5/8″. 

Culottes tutorial

Fold the band lengthwise in half.

Culottes tutorial

Mark the middle top and bottom by making a small notch with your scissors.

Pin the band seam to the seam of the back of the culottes and the center mark you did before to the front seam of the pants.

Culottes tutorial

Pull the bands to distribute the stretch of the waistband evenly.

Culottes tutorial

Using a small zigzag, stitch sew the waistband to the culottes.  If you have a serger you can finish the seam with it.

Culottes tutorial

Finish the edge with your serger or using a zigzag stitch.  And there you have it.  Done.

Whether you decide to make the culottes or the palazzo pants you are sure to have an outfit for many occasions.  Team them up with a tank top or pretty blouse and you can go anywhere.

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Crushed Velvet Dress – An Easy Project For Your Fall Wardrobe

Crushed Velvet Dress – An Easy Project For Your Fall Wardrobe


crushed velvet dress

A crushed velvet dress is all the rage this fall.  This style usually means dressing in layers.  Stockings, light coats, long vests, short dresses worn as tops –the possibilities are endless.  The short dress for autumn is an essential piece of clothing that can take us from morning to night time.  It is easy to add to if the temperature drops and easy to wear during the warm hours of the day.

crushed velvet dress

Autumn and spring really are when northern and southern hemispheres actually have similar temperatures, so this design should work for everyone.  This particular dress is one of my favorites because of the flexibility that it provides –worn with high boots, stockings, and ankle boots, over skinny jeans, leggings, or just a scarf.  It is the perfect piece of clothing for your wardrobe.  Layer it any way you want and you’ll have a super outfit.

crushed velvet dress

This dress is incredibly easy to make.  I hope it will make a great addition to your fall or spring wardrobe.

Key Features:

  • Easy to make
  • Can be worn as a top or mini dress
  • Comfortable yet elegant style
  • Stand-up bow collar
  • Ideal for women with small shoulders and wide hips
crushed velvet dress

Materials:

  • Crushed Velvet or Panne Velour, 60″ wide, 1-2 yards depending on size
  • Soft satin fabric (silk or polyester), 1 yard
  • Fusible tricot interfacing

Tools

About Crushed Velvet

Crushed velvet or sometimes known as crushed panne velour is one of 16 types of velvet.  Normally made out of polyester, it is possible to find velvet made from silk if your budget allows.  Velvet is a type of tufted woven fabric with evenly distributed cut threads giving the fabric a dense short pile and a luxurious and distinctive feel.  The fabric is actually woven as two layers which are then cut apart thus creating the pile.  This is a pretty complex and expensive process, or at least it used to be, so this type of fabric used to be reserved only for royalty.  It’s only been the invention of polyester and the development of modern manufacturing techniques that this type of fabric is now affordable to almost everyone.

Notoriously difficult to handle, but certainly worth the effort, it is imperative to find the grain of the velvet and cut all pieces strictly on it.  Use a ball point needle when sewing.  If you do not have a serger, use a small zigzag when hemming if you want to preserve the stretchability of the fabric.  However, in this pattern, a plain stitch is also possible.

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Finished Garment Sizes

crushed velvet dress

Pattern Layout

crushed velvet dress

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Step One: Cutting the fabric

crushed velvet dress

The fabric must be laid on a flat surface and let it rest overnight.  Fold the fabric on the grain line and cut the pieces one at a time.  Apply fusible tricot interfacing to the sleeves and hem.  Mark the center of the back and the front of the dress.  You will need this to make the pleats latter.

Step Two: Sewing the shoulder seams

crushed velvet dress

Wrong sides together, pin the shoulders and sew at 3/8″.   Serge or use a zigzag stitch.

Step Three:  Sewin the sides

Pin the sides, start to sew from the bottom to the sleeves.  

crushed velvet dress

Serge or zigzag the sides.

Step Four: Making the pleats

There are two pleats one in the front and one in the back of the dress.  Find the center of the dress and fold to the right 1 1/2″ from the center. Fold another 1 1/2″ to the left and pin in place.  Zigzag the edges of the neckline to set the pleats.

crushed velvet dress
crushed velvet dress

Step Five: Making the neckline with a sash

Cut a bias strip 54 to 60″ in length and 3 1/2″ wide.  Fold the strip right sides together and sew at 3/8″.

crushed velvet dress

Use a loop turner to turn the sash inside out.  Find the middle of the sash and pin it to the middle of back of the dress.  

crushed velvet dress

Pin one side from the back to the front, stopping at the center of the front pleat.  Then pin the other side from the back to the front stopping at center of the pleat.  Sew the sash at 3/8″.  

crushed velvet dress
crushed velvet dress

Top stitch the sash so it will look like a stand-up collar. 

crushed velvet dress
crushed velvet dress

Step Six: Hemming the crushed velvet dress

Apply fusible tricot interfacing to the hem.  Cut a strip of interfacing long enough to go around the hem and 1″ wide.  Using an iron on nylon setting to fuse it to the hem.  Fold the hem 1/2″.

crushed velvet dress

Stitch using a small zigzag or a straight stitch.  Test on a piece of fabric to see what look suits you best.

Dressing up in autumn is always fun.  The days are warm and cooler nights mean we can be a little more creative with our clothing by dressing in layers.  Be sure to stay tuned for our next style of autumn dresses.

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Gathered Summer Skirt – free skirt pattern

Gathered Summer Skirt – free skirt pattern


gathered skirt

Well, it took me a while, but it’s here at last.  Do you remember I wrote a while back about a skirt I wore during the Cayman Islands’ first ever sewing meet-up?  Robin suggested I should sew a skirt like the one I was wearing, and immediately I knew it was a great idea and got to work. Introducing the Gathered Summer Skirt.  Sizing given for sizes 34-52 inch hips, all should fit on less than 1.5 yards of fabric.

gathered skirt

Summer is here at last.  For some of us, it lasts longer than others, but whether it’s a trip to the beach, a picnic, shopping with the girls, or a day sailing, you’ll still need to look cute and summery.

The design for this skirt was copied from a Ready To Wear skirt I already owned and loved.  I think it has the perfect ratio of gathers to length and with the elastic waist, is comfy and casual.

I think you’ll love it too.  Pick your fabric and design carefully and it will become your go-to skirt for summer.

gathered skirt

How to sew a Gathered Skirt for summer

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gathered skirt

This skirt has 3 different tiers, a loose comfy fit, and an elastic waist.  Easy and fun to sew and can be made in any size.  Not just for the grown-ups, but good for teens too.

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You can download the pattern and instructions for the Gathered Summer Skirt from my design account at Payhip.  It’s a PDF file containing both instructions and pattern sizing all in the same file.  Enjoy!

Don’t go gathering mad!

At last! A quick and easy way to gather long pieces of fabric with out breaking the gathering threads, ever. The secret is in the dental floss!

This skirt has a lot of gathering, over long pieces of fabric so do check out the earlier post about how to gather using dental floss – written totally in response to the trouble I was having with this skirt!  Make your life easy and gather with dental floss and this skirt will go quickly and smoothly and soon be ready to wear.

Enjoy your new skirt!  We would all love to see what you make.  Please do take a couple of photos and attach them in the comments section below so we can all see your work.


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Easy Camisole Top Pattern – Free And Quick Tutorial

Easy Camisole Top Pattern – Free And Quick Tutorial


I know that this camisole top pattern will bring a smile to your face because it’s one of the most versatile patterns out there.  All you need to do is change the type of fabric and you can make numerous tops; from comfy pajamas all the way to a lovely top for a fancy party.

For now, though, we will concentrate on making this camisole top to use with the walking shorts from a few projects ago.  For the fabric, I am using some lovely cotton that I picked up years ago from Japan.  The best fabric for this project is 100% cotton woven or knitted, but you can check my other fabric suggestions below from that are available easily on Amazon.com.

This camisole top has an easily adjustable bra strap and underbust gathers to give a more flattering look and room for the bust.

There is a shirred back to allow you room for movement and better support should you choose to not wear a bra.

And there’s a cute ruffled hem for a more feminine look.

This project is also a perfect opportunity to practice changing the dials of the overlocker (which can be tricky at first).  I had the opportunity to test the amazing Bernina 1300 MDC for this project.  I must say the results are professional and I love the machine, however, the price of the machine left me gasping for air.  I normally use a Bernina FunLock 008D.  It’s very old and in need of maintenance, but it still manages to do the job.

Really, any overlocker can do a narrow hem such as the one I was able to accomplish, however, be sure to read your manual.  There is great information in those pages and all you need to know to be able to get the most out of your machine.

Sewing Level: Intermediate

In order to succeed using this camisole top pattern, you need to know how to make a bra strap, shirr fabric using your sewing machine, and make a tiny hem.  Unfortunately, we do not have a tutorial on how to shirr fabric using the sewing machine, so I will write it up in the next few days.  If you can’t wait for that, or are allergic to elastic or need more support for your bust, I recommend this technique: shirring without elastic thread.

If you do not have an overlocker but still would like to have the ruffle detail you can use a double edge lace.

Body Measurements

Size 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18
Bust 31 1/2″ 33″ 34 1/2″ 36″ 37 1/2″ 39″ 41″ 43″
Waist 24 1/2″ 26″ 27 1/2″ 29″ 30 1/2″ 32″ 33 1/2″ 36″
Hips 33 3/4″ 35″ 37″ 38 1/2″ 40″ 41 1/2″ 43″ 45″

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Materials For The Top

  • 1 to 1.25 yards of 100% cotton
  • 1 spool of elastic thread
  • Thread to match
  • 15 to 20″s of 1/4″ elastic

Materials For The Bra Straps

  • 40″ of bra strap elastic
  • 2 rings the width of the elastic
  • 2 sliders the width of the ring

Tools

  • Sewing machine
  • Overlocker

How To Download Your Camisole Top Pattern

Use the latest free version of Adobe Reader, use “Actual Size” and “Landscape” format.

Pattern Download

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camisole top pattern

How To Sew Your Camisole Top

This pattern does not have a seam allowance.  I like to work with a 3/8″ (1cm).

Make The Bra Straps

I have not written a separate tutorial on how to make a bra strap, however, I have used them in a few other So Sew Easy patterns.  If you can not wait until next week when I write the instructions, please have a look at the bralette instructions as the straps in that project are exactly the same.

Sewing The Front

Gather each cup about 2.5″ spreading the gathers evenly right under the nipple.

camisole top pattern

Gather all four cups.

Place two cups print side up and lay the end of the bra strap towards the top and allow to hang towards the gathers.

Lay the other two cups print side down and sew following the red stitches below.

Clip the corners and reduce the seam allowance to 1/4″ (.5cm). Turn the cups right side up and iron.

Join the cups to the front bodice start front the side to the center.  Overlapping the cups at the front.

Making The Ruffles

Measure the length of the top of the cup and double it in size.  Measure the underbust seam and double it in size.

Make a small hem with your overlocker or make a small hem with your sewing machine.  The ruffles are Your length X 1″ wide.

Gather the ruffles in the middle.

Sew the ruffles starting at the top of the bust towards the center then add the one under the bust. Pull out the gathering thread.

Making The Back

Serge the top of the back.

1 1/4″ from the serged edge start to shirr the fabric.  Follow the table on the pattern for your size.

Print sides together, sew from the hem to the armpits.  You will notice a 1/2″ difference.  This space is where the 1/4″ inch elastic will go.  Pin the elastic to the seam allowance and fold the edge over the elastic and sew.  Overlock the sides and the hemline.

Adding The Hem Ruffle

To make the hem ruffle you need to cut two strips of fabric 2 1/2″ in width times the amount shown on the chart below.  Choose according to your size.  You will need two strips one for the front and one for the back.

Size Length
4 44″
6 47 3/4″
8 48 1/2″
10 49 1/4″
12 50″
14 50 3/4″
16 51 1/2″
18 52 1/4″

Sew the ruffle to the hem at 3/8″ from the edge, and you should be all done!

Also, if you are using knit, the best hem to use will be a lettuce hem.  Check out the tutorial below for a great guide.

I hope you are able to use your overlocker with this camisole top pattern and get some good practice with that very useful machine.

I’m sure this camisole top pattern will become a regular in your summer wardrobe.  It’s just so easy to change and easier to wear.  This top looks so great with a cardigan, under a jacket or to simply with your favorite pair of shorts.

Anyways, look out for more tutorials coming soon.  Until then, Happy Sewing!


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Raglan Sleeve T-shirt Dress Pattern: An Easy Project for All Seasons

Raglan Sleeve T-shirt Dress Pattern: An Easy Project for All Seasons


raglan sleeve t-shirt dress pattern

The raglan sleeve t-shirt dress pattern is a project suited for nearly every occasion. It is also one of the easiest dresses you can make, only needing a couple of hours at most.

This is a request from a young 23-year-old creator who is just starting to sew, HappySunnyCalifornia, who sent me an email asking for an easy pattern that she can use to make a dress for an evening wedding (the wedding has a ’70s disco theme as well).

This week’s project is sure to end up being a staple of your wardrobe for many seasons to come, while hopefully helping young people to take up the wonderful craft of sewing.

Wide sleeves with elastic at the wrists.

raglan sleeve t-shirt dress pattern
raglan sleeve t-shirt dress pattern

Elastic neckline.

Comfortable slimming lines to follow your curves.

Material

  • 2-2 1/2 yards of lurex stretch knit or lightweight stretch velvet 54″ or wider
  • thread to match
  • 1 yard of 1/4 ” to 3/8″ wide elastic
  • 1 to 1 1/2yards of foldover elastic for the neckline and optional keyhole

Tools

  • sewing machine with a zigzag stitch
  • stretch needle

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How To Get Your Raglan Sleeve T-shirt Dress Pattern

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Pattern Layout For The Raglan Sleeve T-Shirt Pattern

raglan sleeve t-shirt dress pattern

Body Measurements

S M L XL 2XL
Bust 34-36″ 38-40″ 42-44″ 46-48″ 50-52″
Hips 34-36″ 38-40″ 42-44″ 46-48″ 50-52″
Waist 24-26″ 28-30″ 32-34″ 36-38″ 40-42″

Sewing Level: Advanced Beginner

Prior use of stretch fabric. Essential reading https://so-sew-easy.com/sewing-stretchy-knits/

Sewing Instructions

This raglan sleeve t-shirt dress pattern is for four-way stretch knits only and has a width stretch percentage of 75% and above.

Step One

Fold the sleeve matching the sides and sew using a small straight stitch, a small zigzag or your serger using 4 threads.

raglan sleeve t-shirt dress pattern

Step Two

Place the back of the raglan sleeve t-shirt dress pattern piece print facing up. Place the front of the t-shirt dress print facing down. Sew the sides using your sewing machine or your serger.

raglan sleeve t-shirt dress pattern
raglan sleeve t-shirt dress pattern

Step Three

Join the sleeves with the bodice aligning the side seams of the sleeves with the side seams of the body. Right sides facing each other.

raglan sleeve t-shirt dress pattern
raglan sleeve t-shirt dress pattern

Join the dots on the top of the sleeves making a box pleat.

Step Four

Apply elastic tight enough to keep your raglan t-shirt mini dress from falling off your shoulders. Add elastic to the bottom of the sleeves.

Step Five

Serge the bottom of your mini dress fold one inch and sew.

Step Six Optional Keyhole

I will share this technique for a keyhole neckline in a separate tutorial because I think a keyhole is one of the easiest ways to make a neckline for a beginner.

Additional ways to transform this pattern

The simplest way to transform a pattern is using a different fabric. By simply using a print with light colours this raglan sleeve t-shirt dress pattern will give you a t-shirt to go over linen pants, a straight skirt, or a new look for summer as a mini dress.

Check out Laura below does she looks great? She used the largest size, raised the neckline by one inch, gather rather than make a pleat the neckline, and added a small keyhole with a button.

In the comments section below let me know if you would like step-by-step instructions on how to make all these pattern transformations.

The sky is the limit, I hope to see your creations on Instagram. Please use #soseweasyoffical so I can see when you post your take on this very easy pattern. Until then, “Let’s keep the world together one stitch at a time”.

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