One classic summer shirt that combines a bit of structure and some flirtiness is the cropped tie shirt. The airy cotton and cropped length keep you cool but the tailored collar and placket keep you looking like a class act!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- an oversized mens button-up shirt
- a shirt that fits you well
- measuring tape
- sewing machine (not shown)
[ MEASURE ] – Put on your oversized mens shirt and
measure from the collar to your underbust or high waist. This is where the empire waist of your dress will be. Pin at this point for reference.
[ OVERLAY ] – Straighten out the oversized shirt and overlay your fitted shirt, aligning the collars. Make sure the fitted shirt is also straightened out with the side seams sitting flat. I positioned the smaller shirt and also folded it up where I had pinned it in the previous step!
[ CUT SIDES ] – You can pin the shirt or use chalk to mark where your smaller shirt sits. Basically, you’ll need to leave about a quarter inch seam allowance around the side seams and sleeves of your shirt.
[ CUT BACK ] – I also cut straight across the back of the shirt around where I had originally pinned my pin. BUT I made sure NOT to cut through the front of the shirt. I only cut the back portion because we want to leave enough fabric for the front ties!
[ CUT TIES ] – Starting from the side seams, cut a curved line from there to a point on the placket about 10 inches down. This makes the perfect amount of fabric to tie into a knot at the front.
[ HEM EDGES ] – Use either a rolled hem or whatever your favourite technique is for finishing edges. Hem the sleeves and the bottom hem of the shirt.
[ SEW SIDES ] – Sew your side seams face to face so that the top portion of your top is complete!
[ IRON ] – Finally, iron the entire shirt and you’re done!