Pretty and comfortable, this easy tunic-style shirt will be a go-to in your wardrobe!
Nothing is more comfy in hot weather than something that feels like you aren't wearing it at all. Nudity without the embarrassment of exposure---that's what this tunic-style shirt feels like.
And it was SO easy to make. You make ONE cut. You sew TWO seams. Finish edges, sew in the elastic shirred waist (this isn't hard, but does take about as long as the rest of the shirt-making combined), and you have a new, fun, flattering top!
Start with the right fabric. I bought this as a remnant, so I don't know exactly what it is. I'm guessing it's a rayon challis. You'll want a fabric that is lightweight, drapes well and isn't too crisp or thick.
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3. Turn the fabric inside out. Pin along both sides of the fabric, leaving 8 inches unpinned at the top (folded end) of the fabric. These unpinned openings will be your arm holes. (I realize it is hard to tell this fabric is inside out in the pictures because it is dyed all the way through. Trust me, it's inside-out.)
4. Sew the sides along the pins. Leave the arm holes open.
5. Finish the edges of the neckline, armholes, and bottom of the shirt. I used my serger to do a rolled hem because that worked well with this fabric. You could do a traditional folded hem with a topstitch, or you could finish the edges with bias tape, for a more tailored look.
6. Put the shirt on. I realize the shirt resembles a tent-like poncho of some sort right now. Trust me--it will be transformed shortly. Stand in front of a mirror, and mark with chalk where you would like the top of your gathered waist to be. I am long-waisted, so I put mine up pretty high to elongate my legs. Take the shirt back off.
9. Now for the fun part. You will be making a shirred waist. I did this for my One Yard Skirt and highly recommend THIS VIDEO(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYXmLfZnA0g&feature=youtu.be) as a tutorial for how to make as shirred waist.
To do this on a shirt, your first line of shirred stitching will be along the chalkline you marked. Then you will move one presser-foot width down the shirt for each line after.
I did 12 lines of shirring. You may only want 3 or you may want 15. Stop and try on the shirt a couple of times as you go to see what waist width you prefer.