One of the most basic and must have pieces in your wardrobe has to be the white tee. A comfortable white t-shirt that you can throw on without much thought for all occasions; wear it with the boyfriend jeans for a casual chic look, or with a blazer and a skirt for a smart work do. Since the classic t-shirt is made out of white cotton, we have matched it with own Optic White linen. Adding small personal touches like the side slits and alternating lengths for the front and back panels makes a bit more interesting and fun. Let us know how you get along.
1 yard of IL019 Optic White Softened
Matching sewing thread
Pattern master, pattern paper
Paper scissors, fabric scissors
Fabric marker, pins, tape measure
Bias tape maker, hand sewing needles
Note: Prewash your fabric and tumble dry it until it is still slightly moist, let this dry in room temperature.
1. Iron the fabric so it is easier to work with.
2. The diagram shows the pattern for US size 4-6 (UK size 8-10). Remember to add 3/8in (1cm) seam allowance around all panels. If you need help to grade your pattern, please follow this tutorial. Please note that this tshirt is a very loose fit as you can see in the photos. The model is a size US6 and is 5.8″ tall.
3. Use a serger, or choose your own method to protect the seams from fraying. Make sure the method you choose does not add weight to the fabric.
4. First, we will make the slit for the back, since linen doesn’t stretch it’s necessary to allow more space for your head to fit through. Take your back panel. Make a slit mark measuring 3 inch in length right in the centre of the neckline.
5. Place both panels one on top of each other, with the wrong side facing out. Pin together the shoulder seams, stitch along and press open.
6. Match the notched centre point of the sleeve to the sewn shoulder seam, pin along the whole width of the sleeve panel. Stitch along, but leave 3/8 in (1cm) of the material unsewn at both ends of the sleeve panel.
7. To make the side slit opening, measure and mark 1.5 in from the bottom hem of your front panel.
8. Pin together the sleeve seam as well as the bodice side seam. Stitch along the pinned edge and press open.
9. Next, we will finish all hems except for the neckline. In all cases, the seam allowance should be folded inwards onto its wrong side, so essentially onto the inside of your tshirt. Start with the sleeve hems. Press the sleeve hems on both arms. Top stitch over this.
10. Continue pressing the bottom hems, including both slits. Top stitch over this pressed edge.
11. Cut more material from the back slit opening, to make a wider curve.
12. Following this tutorial, make around 1.5 yards (1m) of bias binding tape.
13. Pin the tape along the back slit opening. Top stitch over the pinned edge.
14. Next, take some tape you have already made, half the width and make 3 in (7cm) of thinner tape. This will be used as your button loop.
15. Pin this on the left of the back neck opening, as shown in the photo below. Sew along this and trim away excess loop after sewing.
16. Pin your initial tape along the whole collar and top stitch along this.
17. Finally, on the right side where the button loop overlaps, sew on the button by hand.