Mood DIY: Men's Longline Shirt w/ Faux Leather

Posted on May 20, 2016 by Lee Norris

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I decided to try something new today!

As a costume maker/DIYer, I always get a bit nervous when I try something different fashion-wise, but this longline tee was surprisingly simple to put together. Plus, Sewciety can definitely use more menswear posts!

This shirt called for a yard of Mood's Playing Cards Combed Cotton Poplin, 3/4 yard of their Black Fashion-Weight Faux Leather, a pack of Wrights 1/2" Double Fold Bias Tape in brick, and two 9" zippers.

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I used an old shirt to easily draft a pattern. Of course, I had to keep in mind that a knit t-shirt stretches, while cotton poplin does not. To compensate, I added about a half inch to each side as I traced (in addition to 1/4" for seam allowances).

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For the sides of the shirt, I added a whole inch so the fit would be just slightly looser than the original knit.

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To get the crew neck shape, I cut an additional 4" from the neckline in the front.

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The extra length of the shirt is created almost entirely by the faux leather extension, so after tracing the original tee for the pattern, I also cut four 25"x9" rectangles, with a slight curve on the bottom. After adding two at the bottom of the shirt panels, I pinned the zippers before adding the other two on top, with right sides together. These were each basted, flipped right-side out, and top-stitched with red thread. The most difficult part was over!

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All that was left at this point were the sleeves and neckline. Rather than finish them with a rolled hem, I added on some double-fold bias tape for some extra color. In the end, it really tied the shirt together and looked super clean.

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Originally the plan was to have the zippers only go up to the end of the faux leather, but I had them extend into the print just a little bit. This way there's more of a difference if the wearer decides to go for a flared or more fitted look.

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So what do our readers think of the final product? I certainly had fun making it; and obviously Matt loves his new shirt!

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