Whether you love clean lines and tailored looks, or you typically go for the more bohemian summer look, bishop sleeves need to be in your wardrobe. The Elaeis Shirt free sewing pattern can be made in a flowing lace for a quick and easy festival vibe, or paired with some twill shorts for a seasonal look that’s effortlessly on trend. For those of you who’d love to see this silhouette modernized, emphasize the crisp collar by wearing your new shirt with a sleeveless blazer dress or some super high-waisted jeans and your favorite heels. However you choose to style it, your sleeves are sure to make a statement!
Note: we’ve paired this shirt with our new Eucalyptus Shorts free sewing pattern!
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
First, create the collar of your shirt, sandwiching your lace overlay in between your main fabric with the fabric faces together. Sew along the top three edges, clip your seam allowance, turn right side out and press. Place the collar in between your collar stands, fabric faces together again, and sew. If you’ve never created a stand collar, check out some tips here!
Set the collar aside for the time being and attach the side back panels to either side of your center back shirt panel using French seams. Repeat with the side front and center front panels. Attach the fronts of your shirt to the back at the shoulder and side seams, again using French seams.
Picking up your collar again, attach the non-overlay side to your neckline along the fabric face. Fold the raw edge up inside the collar and slip-stitch along the inside edge to close your collar.
Create each of your sleeves with a French seam at the inseam and then set each into its respective armscye. Be sure to match up the notches on your pattern.
Lay your sleeve cuff overlay atop your cuff, like you see below, and fold the cuff in half to match up the curved edges. Sew along the curved edge and turn right side out.
Matching up the inseams, evenly gather the lower edge of your sleeve into the lace edge of your cuff, like you see below. Fold the cuff in half to create the hem, fold your seam allowances inside, and slip-stitch inside your cuff to secure.
Lastly, add your buttons and corresponding buttonholes along the front placket and your shirt is ready to wear!
Will you be giving the Elaeis Shirt a try? Let me know what fabric combinations you’re considering in the comments!