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Don't have a lot of cash? Or time? Get one of your boyfriend's or father's old shirts, make sure it's not one of his favorites (or do if it belongs t...
You need a large piece of paper, wider than your shoulders.
In order to drape you need to find your center of the paper. Fold in half and mark.
In order to drape the paper you need to add some ease. Cut 4-5 tabs about one inch deep and wide starting at the center.
Take the paper to your dressform (or body!) and pin. Mark where the neckline is. Doesn't have to be perfect but try to stay close to above the collarb...
Do the same for the shoulders, simply pin and mark.
Fold your center again. Using your marks, cut.
We're making a yoke for the blouse, the top piece. For this, we're giving a specific measurement to the top. Don't worry, it's easy. We're just markin...
Using our measurement from part one, mark straight across. Cut as marked. There you go, you have a pattern for your yoke.
Now, amazingly, as you can see we are using the pattern piece of our front yoke as our back yoke.
Retrace your pattern on another sheet and add 5/8 seam allowence to the shoulders and sides.
Basically, take apart your shirt. Cut off the sleeve and sides. Don't worry about ripping the seams, you have enough to be fabric just to cut.
Mark one inch above the second button. This is where you'll place the center front top of your pattern piece.
Pin and cut! Remember this is just for the front, single cut. This way we have a functional button to help get our large heads (from intelligence!) th...
Take the bottom half and sew a long stitch at the top to gather. Remember your 5/8th seam allowance and align the buttondown together when you pin. Se...
Switch to the back. Cut off the collar.
Take your yoke pattern piece and align the necklines together. Note: Stop cutting at the end of the shoulder curve and cut out. This way your whole ba...
Remember when I told you to stop cutting at the shoulder curve and cut away. You're going to put the front and back shoulders together and follow the ...
Pin your front and back together. You might have a few extra (or lots!) of inches on the side. Cut away excess.
Fold the neckline in half, center back and center front on the outer folds.
Take a piece of paper and trace the curve of the collar. This is your inner collar line for your pattern.
Add 2 inches, or 3, or 1. I like 2 for my collars, but whatever floats your boat.
Add a curve. I took my tomato blossom glass candle (OT, so nice!) and traced the curve, but you can be fancy and use french curve rulers if you have ...
And you have your pattern for your collar. Remember the flat edge will be cut on the fold.
Cut out 2 pieces from one of the two sleeves. Add interfacing as needed for a professional look. I didn't have any, so I'm going with out it.
Sew your collar together and pin to the neckline.
Don't back out, it's simpler than it seams. Ha ha, a little sewing humor is good for the seamstress' soul. This works best with a cutting mat. Take s...
Now, don't think you can cut it yet. If you do you'll end up with strips of arrows. What you'll need to do is rotate the sleeve on the side and contin...
Pick a line at the top of the sleeve and cut. It will roll out into one giant strip. Just follow your lines and you have your matching bias tape.
If you have one of those cool bias maker thingy-mabobs now is the time to use it. If your me, you have to fold by hand and iron (try not to burn your ...
Now, back to collar. We are using our bias as facing. Open up one of our bias tape and sew the raw edge of the collar with the bottom side of our bias...
Like I said, we're not binding, we're facing. Easy way: Take the tape and fold in and sew. Don't worry, the collar will hide the stitching. Or, you ca...
Don't forget to also bind the shoulder seams. After that we'll cut a bit off the bottom. Remember to leave an inch of an allowance for a rolled hem.
Okay, now I got the clueless reference out of me, we are going to sew a rolled hem for the bottom. To do this, fold the fabric at 5/8 and sew, cut aw...
Take an extra button from one of our sleeve scraps and sew at the bottom of our yoke. AND WE ARE DONE!
Here we are, in a 105 F degree weather, staying cool and still not broke (or more broke.)
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