I’m always on the hunt for quick and easy patterns, but when I can’t find exactly what I want, sometimes I just need to make my own. Today’s project required a little designing of my own.
My wardrobe is seriously lacking when it comes to long sleeve tops, which can make layering a bit difficult at times. I knew I wanted to use a stripe, so the goal was to keep the amount of pattern pieces down, minimizing the amount of matching I’d need to do. I came up with this cute ponte mock neck shirt that went together in under an hour!
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Fabrics & materials used:
- 2 yards Ecru/Gray Saint James Striped Ponte Knit
- 1.5 yards Black Faux Leather Trim
- 2 18L Gold Metal Skull Shank Back Buttons
If, like me, you don’t have a serger, a walking foot and zig-zag stitch work perfectly well! First step, attach your front panel to your front sides.
Above, you can see the wrong side of the knit I used. It looked so nice that I decided to use it for the center front of my shirt (but of course, this is just personal preference!).
After the two sides were sewn on, I attached the faux leather trim along each seam with a wide top-stitch.
Matching up the stripes here wasn’t too difficult!
Next, it was time to attach the front and back of the shirt at the shoulders, however before sewing up the side seams I added the sleeves. This is where matching stripes got a little trickier.
After sewing the sleeve and side seams, I got to work on the collar. Right sides together, I stitched along the top, then turned it right-side out and began pinning it to the neckline of the shirt (beginning with the middle front).
Once the collar was pinned on, I cut about 4″ down the center back of my shirt. Each side was folded under, lined up with the end of the shirt collar and top-stitched. Two shank-back buttons and a couple scraps of elastic made awesome closures!
Lastly, I just needed to hem the bottom of my shirt and sleeves! So what about you? Are you planning to try this new pattern out? Be sure to tag Mood in your finished projects and tag them with #madewithmood!