I made a few shirts lately; my closet has been crying for new clothes and I responded.


I got around to making tunics!


and then I tried a hip length shirt:


I used the same bodice pattern that I used to make a couple of knit tunics a while back ( here and here). To get this roll-up sleeve, I just narrowed the sleeve by an inch or so, and I added a cuff cut on the bias:


Here is a shot of the cuff shown from the inside. It is just a little narrower than the sleeve so that you have to stretch it when attaching it to the sleeve. Then just fold back on itself – it stays put nicely.

The two tunics have a collar stand and a collar. The front button placket is cut-on & folded over onto itself:


For the hip-length top, I used a camp collar, also known as a Hawaiian collar:


Learning to draft patterns to my own specific measurements has been a game-changer. So far, my patterns are quite simple but I imagine I will add more details as I continue to use them. And I seem to complete garments faster now, too, I think it is because I don’t spend any time looking at the directions.


Well, we are off to celebrate my niece’s birthday, so I hope you are enjoying the weekend

& Happy Sewing!