As working from home becomes the new normal during this COVID outbreak, it’s likely that we’re about to see a whole new wave of comfy chic fashion. Personally, I cannot complain. To get a head start on this, we’ve created the Wilder Top, with a slightly batwing silhouette and no pesky closures. Simply tie this on over your favorite pair of jeans for an adorable look that can easily transition into this summer with lightweight fabrics like linen or voile.
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, attach your two shirt panels at the center back using a French seam. Press your seam to one side and then sew up the sides and sleeves similarly. Note: The back seam is the edge that goes across pages 8 & 13 on the first layout page.
I recommend clipping the seam allowance at the curve where the sleeve meets the sides to ensure that the fabric doesn’t pull when the shirt is turned right side out.
At the bottom of each sleeve fold the raw edge up and inward 1/2″ followed by 2″ and pin. Stitch along the top edge of the fold, like you see below, as well as 1/3″ down. Leave a small opening at the sleeve seam to feed your elastic through.
Feed 5″-7″ of elastic through each casing, depending on your preference. Stitch the ends together and then stitch the remainder of the casings closed.
Finish the bottom and top/neckline of your shirt with a small rolled hem. Separately, hem each of your shirt ties as well.
Attach each shirt tie to the center front edges of your shirt with a French seam, gathering between the guides on your pattern.
Tie your shirt on and you’re new garment is ready to show off! Will you be giving the Wilder a try? Let me know what fabric types you’re considering in the comments!