How to make your perfect shirt
Our founder and designer Anki talks us through our new pattern Oversized shirt and gives some tips on how to make your perfect shirt.
Describe your new pattern ...
The new oversized, boyfriend shirt is based on a classic style but with an oversized fit. It features relaxed shoulders, a traditional shirt collar or standing straight collar, a rear box pleat. And side seam pockets of course!
Why an oversized shirt?
I love the combination of comfiness and style that comes with an oversized shirt. A feminine silhouette where the size of the shoulders and neck are flattering and the straight, wide body with tunic length gives room for the female shape.
The Oversized shirt can easily be shortened for a more traditional look or lengthened into a shirt dress. It is really a timeless pattern that you can make in countless versions.
How difficult is it to make?
It’s defined as skill level ‘Average’, but it was a close call. It's quite easy to make in general, but with the more difficult steps of sewing the collar and making the buttonholes.
Have you any recommendation for fabric?
Light to medium light weight fabrics such as cotton, silk, linen, wool crepe. It can go from night shirt to party depending on the fabric.
I would love to see it made in flannel as a more feminine overshirt, or "Shacket" (shirt as a jacket).
- Don’t rush the making of the buttonholes. Sew them and open them carefully by using a stitch cutter or a small pair of scissors.
- A tip is to fold the buttonhole in the middle and cut open a small piece at the middle first. Especially useful if using a stitch cutter as you can the easily open them from the ends and move towards the middle.
- Use a pointy but not sharp object to get corners of the lapels neat.
- Follow the hashtag on Instagram: #taloversizedshirt to get inspiration from other makers and their tips and tricks. The sewing community is really the best part of my job - so generous and kind.
- And my best tip: Have fun and enjoy the process!