Tuesday, June 12, 2012

DIY Flowy Summer Shirt

Does anyone know how to spell "flowy" ... are we supposed to say "flowing"? Generally I don't find myself this stumped with the English language.
Anyway, this shirt didn't turn out the way I expected (it was going to be a cover up...) but I do love the finished result and it DID inspire another really cool project that will hopefully appear shortly.
I bought this great, grey fabric at JoAnn's the other day. It was on sale, so I got one yard for $8. It's a fray-free knit, which just makes my heart warm. It's no secret that I dislike hemming. Or anything that takes more than five minutes. Obviously, hems are important. Especially for beautiful, professional looking clothing. But slouchy, summery, laid-back clothing? Not necessary. And that's what we've achieved here. It's a nice, light little shirt and I love how it looks with clean, white shorts. I used the "tracing" method from my favorite genius- Liz (C&C).

(1) Trace it. Start with a shirt which has the look or feel/is similar to what you'd like to create. This is a lovely, flowing shirt. The reason my end product wasn't exactly what I set out for is that I decided to skimp on the fabric. I liked it so much that I wanted to save it for something else. It ended up making the shirt shorter than I originally intended AND the sleeves were way tighter. Anyway, put your shirt on top of your (folded in half) fabric. Spread the sleeves out, don't have them laying flat like mine. It compromised the fit. It doesn't pay to be stingy. Pin it down (to all layers) so that nothing moves. Cut around the shirt, leaving room for seam allowance. You can make adjustments here, such as tighter or looser sleeves, etc, depending on what your end goal is. 
Back (left) and front (right) necklines.
(2) Scoop it. Add a neckline. You can fold a shirt in half again and trace the neckline on if you'd like. OR you can guestimate. Separate the front from the back and cut them separately. Fold your shirts in half at the shoulder seams and cut the neckline in. Always take at least a little bit off the back, too. Otherwise it sits funny on the neck. Just one inch is good for the back.
(3) Pin it. Put your front and back together again and pin. Remember to pin them "right side in" (which means if there's a pattern, the pattern should face itself. The shirt would be inside out).
(4) Stitch it. Run it through the sewing machine. Remember not to sew your neckline, sleeve openings or bottom together. You can hem the bottom, sleeves and neck if you'd like or if you're using a fraying fabric. Mine just rolls :) Score! I decided to roll the sleeves as well. I rolled them to the appropriate length and then stitched them in place. As you can see, I need to stitch the other side as well, because it's rolling back on the inside!
(5) Wear it. I love the flared bottom and general sweetness of this shirt. It's just feminine, which is how I roll. I'm not sure what to do with the extra fabric that I scrooged away, but hopefully something fun!

I have an extremely fun post for tomorrow! I'm really hoping it can be finished in time. Otherwise it'll have to go up Thursday. I was wandering through Michael's looking for black elastic (no go) when I stumbled upon this gem. Can't wait to show you! Anyway- I hope you have a fantastic day. All the best and as always, thanks for reading! 


  1. Hi Auna!
    Love the shirt:)

    Greetings from Germany!


    1. Hallo, Lucy! Ich liebe DE! Wo lebts du?

    2. Ich wohne jetzt im Mannheim (Baden-Württemberg), aber eigenlich bin ich aus Polen:)

      Ich liebie DE auch!

      Viele Grüße!

    3. Ja! Ich habe gelebt aus Germersheim (Rheinland-pfaltz). Mannheim ist sehr geil und schön. Meine freunde, Tabea, lebt im Polen. Und- mein freund, Andi, hat eine frau aus Polen. <3

  2. The result is so nice! It looks great on you.
    Erin @ Thanks, I Made It

  3. So wanna try this. Only problem: i live in Edson, a small town in Alberta and the only fabric places we have are a quilting store and wal-mart. I might have to change this a little as it would be hard to find no hem fabric. But i will find a way!

    1. Yikes! I got the fabric from Jo-Anns, they do have an online store you could try? With places like wal-mart, etc, you just have to stick to simple fabrics like jersey. Everything else just comes off cheap :/ Do it up, lady! I LOVE your determination!

  4. Auna,
    love it. how did you finish the neckline?
    LOVE your blog.

    1. Thank you, Jennie!! The fabric I used doesn't fray so I just left it alone. I made sure the neckline was cut very cleanly. So far, so good! And I did wear it quite a bit this summer. I considered giving it a coat of fray check just in case but ultimately didn't :)


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