Mood’s newest free sewing pattern is an instant favorite of mine as we head toward fall. Building off of the crisp and classic button-up shirt that everyone should have in their wardrobe, the Lantana hem slips past your waist and billows around your ankles for a gorgeous silhouette that’s perfect for showing off your favorite print! I chose one of Mood’s exclusive new sateen prints, but this maxi would stun in anything from poplin to voile. Try soaking up the last few summer rays in an unconventional cover-up in a stunning chiffon!
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, form your sleeves by sewing up the inseam. Since this garment is unlined, I used French seams for most of it.
Once the sleeves are formed, you can form your cuffs by sewing up the shorter sides with a regular seam. Attach one of raw edges to the bottom edge of your sleeve, like you see below, and then fold the cuff inward in half. Tuck in the other raw edge and slip-stitch the cuff closed.
Set your sleeves aside for the time being and get started on your bodice. Using the guidelines on your pattern, sew the fish-eye darts into your front shirt panels.
To create the button plackets, fold 1/2″ of the center front edge of your front shirt panels inward, followed by another full inch. Edge-stitch into place and press.
Fabric faces together, pin the lower back shirt panel to one of your back yokes, pleating it in the center like you see below. Take your second yoke and pin it with the fabric face against the wrong side of your lower back panel. Sew and press your yokes upward.
Attach the front and back panels at the shoulders and side seams using French seams, attaching the optional button loops into the side seams if desired. Set your sleeves into their respective armscyes using French seams as well.
Next, create your stand collar and then attach it to the neckline of your shirt. For tips on how to sew a stand collar, check out this handy tutorial!
Lastly, make your buttonholes and sew on some corresponding buttons. Hem the bottom edge of your maxi shirt and it’s ready to wear!
If you’re making the optional belt, as I did, simply fold your fabric strip in half along the length with the faces together, sew along the three open sides and leave a 3″ opening along one edge. Clip your seam allowance, turn your belt right side out, slip-stitch the 3″ opening closed, and press.
I, personally, wear the belt folded back on itself to cinch the waist of the garment in the back, but there are tons of ways to style it. Let me know your ideas in the comments below!