This is the simplest and most versatile pattern you will ever make! It's only two pieces, but it can be endlessly added to and paired with other ideas to create unique tops and dresses!
Like any of these??
Then this is the pattern for you!
- Simple blouse or well fitting T-shirt
- Tracing Paper
- Tape Measure
- Square or right angled corner
Place your shirt on the tracing paper. Be sure it is as flat and as neat as possible
Begin tracing half of the shirt.
Remove your shirt. The lines you traced should look like this:
Next we will draw a curve for the arm hole.
Make an inward curve connecting the shoulder and the side. The deepest part of the curve should be about 1.5 inches inward as shown below.
Using another marker, smooth out your lines. If the corners are too pointy, (like on mine) fix them. Also make your curves smoother or more even.
Go to the bottom of the pattern. Draw a straight horizontal line across the bottom, starting at the end of the side.
Now it's time to figure out how wide to make the pattern.
In the end, your pattern pieces put together need to be big enough to create a garment that will easily slip over your body.
Using a tape measure, measure around your chest/bust. Add 2 inches to that measurement for wiggle room, then divide by 4.
Ex) chest = 34 in, +2 is 36 inches. 36 divided by 4 is 9 inches
This 'divided by four number' is the what you will use to mark the width of the pattern piece.
Using a ruler, lay it horizontally and place the end at the side of your pattern.
Mark the width (bust + 2 divided by 4) with a dot.
Move the ruler down a couple inches, still aligned with the side of the pattern. Mark the width again.
Use the ruler to draw a vertical line going through the two dots, that is square or 90 degrees with the horizontal line at the bottom of the pattern. The line you draw may not go through the two dots, but use those marks as a guideline. Use a square or a right angled corner to check that where the two lines cross is 90 degrees.
If you need to, extend the neckline so it meets the center line you just drew. Keep it curving naturally downward.
Along the center line, write "FOLD" as shown. This indicates that when you actually use this pattern, you will fold a piece of fabric in half and place this line of the pattern along the folded edge of the fabric. This is how you will end up with both halves of a shirt once you cut the fabric.
Also, label this pattern piece we just created as "Back". This piece will make the back of a shirt when you use the pattern.
Cut it out! If your paper came in a roll, it may curl up once you cut it out. Set your iron to a very LOW setting, and iron both sides of the paper until it lays flat.
Using the back piece you cut out we will make the front piece. Place the cut out piece on tracing paper and trace around the whole pattern.
The only difference between the front and the back is the neckline. Trace a new neckline onto the pattern. You can do whatever you'd like! Scoop, square, V-neck.... I like a basic round neckline.
Label this piece "Front" and mark the center line as "FOLD".
Cut it out. Iron if needed.
Look out for new tutorials using this pattern. Many cute tops and dresses are on their way!