Yvette drawstring shoulder tee is absolutely a lovely easy project. The relaxed fit and gathering detail make it perfect for hot summer days. Mix it with just any bottoms and you are effortlessly stylish! Be creative and use different colors and prints to get the best out of this pattern.
As usual, my pattern is made in 10 sizes from XXS to 5XL so you may find a suitable size for yourself. If you are not sure which size suits you, take a look at the measurement table before doing anything here: SIZE GUIDE.
The pattern is made using layered PDF, please check for your desired size before printing so you won’t waste your paper. I have included a first page with many details about sizing and printing, so please first read the first page and make sure you know what size you need! If you still do not know how to print a layered PDF, please check for the printing instruction in this post: PRINTING GUIDE.
My patterns are now made in both A4/Letter paper and A0 paper format so you can print at home or at any print shop!
For home printers, you can print this using your home printer and either A4 or Letter paper. I calculated the printing area so that you will be able to use either type of paper to print the pattern out perfectly. Always print the first page first and check with the test square if you are printing at the right scale before you print out the whole pattern – avoid waste of ink and waste of paper, save the earth!
Some PC may print smaller than actual size even when you choose 100% scale – I don’t know why this problem exist, but my HP laptop cannot print true to size. I have to scale up to 103% to get the right size. You may need to check with your PC to see if it prints true to size, if not, scale up a bit.
You will need
- Fabric of your choice. This pattern is intended for knits, but because of the relaxed fit, you can make it with woven.
- Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
- Sewing machine/Serger or needle and thread
- Printed pattern
How much fabric do you need for this piece of garment? To be precise, you may need to check how much fabric you need before buying. It will depend on the selected pattern size, the width, and design of the fabric you plan to use. Just to be sure, print all the paper patterns and lay them out at the width of fabric you plan to use (usually from 90 to 150 centimeters or 35 to 60 inches). Measure how much fabric you will need. Don’t forget to account for pieces that need to be cut multiple times and pieces that are cut on the fold.
After printing out and taping all the pattern pages together, you will get something similar to this:
You will see that there are 2 sets of lines on each pattern piece. The inner lines are sewing line (and you sew along these lines), and the outer lines are cutting lines (you cut the fabric along these lines, remember the folding lines where you have to fold the fabric before cutting). The distance between sewing line and cutting line is seam allowance, and it varies from point to point. For example, the side seam allowance is about 1/2 inch (1.2cm), and seam allowance at hemline is 1 inch (2.5cm). This is the reason why I do not remove the sewing lines from the pattern. Please use it as a guide to know how much seam allowance you need to give at each seam.
The fabric will be cut into following pieces:
- Front: cut 1 on the fold
- Back: cut 1 on the fold
- Drawstring: cut 2 (you can adjust the length of drawstring to your liking)
- Neckband: cut 1 (must use stretch fabric)
Place the pattern pieces on the fabric, pin the pattern pieces to the fabric to secure them in place. Using sharp scissors, carefully cut out the fabric pieces along the outer lines of the pattern. Take your time to ensure precise and clean cuts, as this will affect the fit and overall appearance of your garment.
Make sure to mark all notches and other design features such as darts, pleats, draw marks etc. from the pattern pieces onto your fabric. When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches, they must match up.
1. Serge/zig zag stitch the raw edge to prevent fabric from unraveling. Because you are using knit, serging may be optional, but will create a more professional look for the garment.
2. Make the drawstring. Cut each in half to get 4 pieces of drawstrings. Tutorial on how to create a drawstring here.
3. Place Front and Back pieces right side facing. Pin and sew the side seams. Fold the seam allowance around the armhole and sew to hem the armhole opening.
4. Continue to sew the shoulder seams. Press the shoulder seam allowance open and topstitch ½ inches from each side of the shoulder seam to create casings for the drawstrings. Thread in the drawstrings and secure the tip of the drawstring (the neckline side) to keep it in place.
5. Sew two short ends of the Neckband. Fold it in half so the seam allowance is hidden inside. Mark the center point of the Neckband and pin it to the main garment. Sew to attach Neckband to the main garment, make sure to also secure the tip of the drawstrings. Topstitch the seam allowance to the main garment.
6. Press the seam allowance at the hem of the dress and sew to finish the tee.
And here is the download link:
To download just click on the link above and choose “Save link as”. The PDF file will be downloaded to your device.
Happy sewing! And don’t forget to share your project on my Facebook page: Tiana’s Closet Sewing Patterns