(507) Hand Sewn One Yard Shirt

2023_Session_Images - stevens_1yardshirt_bThis pattern was inspired by a tunic my friend was wearing on a trip a few summers ago – simple straight lines, with a few shoulder pieces making up a flattering square neckline. It is the perfect beginner project to learn basic hand sewing garment skills to create a lovely, drapey top. And as a bonus it is almost zero waste! What little is left can easily be used as a pocket, appliquéd embellishment, or saved for mending another of your favorite garments.

This pattern is ONE SIZE, the body width is determined by the width of your fabric. There are no pattern pieces. The length can be modified to your liking – from a tunic to a more cropped tee. The design has been tested on a wide range of body types, but we will also be covering how to make any modifications to best fit your frame and style, as well as options to turn it into a dress (additional fabric needed).

Instructor will provide: Embroidery thread and needles, sewing thread and needles, a few cutting mats and rulers.

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Karen Stevens

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Student Supplies:

  • One (1) yard of woven fabric 57”-60” wide. Light or medium weight linen, linen blend or double gauze works best as the fabric should have some drape to create the dropped shoulder caps. 44″ fabric can be used but 1.5yd is suggested.
  • Fabric scissors (or rotary blade and mat with a plastic cutting ruler)
  • Thread snips or small scissors
  • Sewing kit if you have one (but not necessary)
Optional supplies to bring:
  • Embroidery thread will be supplied, but if you have a color you would like to work that compliments your fabric, please bring along
  • Additional fabrics/scraps to embellish your shirt if desired
  • If you want to make a dress version, you will need an additional 2 yards of woven fabric 57”-60” wide. If using 44″ wide fabric, bring 2.75 yards.