If you are a practical woman of any age, you no doubt own countless versions of a plain white T-shirt. Here, we’d like to present you our alternative to your favorite white basic – Chelsea Raglan Tshirt! Simple design, raglan sleeves, delicate pleating at the neck, and our gorgeous lightweight linen that gets softer with every wash. You’ll love it so much you’ll want one in every color!
1.5 yards of IL020 OPTIC WHITE Softened Lightweight Linen
Matching sewing thread
Scissors, pins, ruler, fabric marker, measuring tape, chalk, sewing machine
You can access the multi sized printable PDF pattern by following this link HERE. The model is wearing size S. All seam allowances are included in the pattern.
Please note that you’ll also need to cut one continuous strip of fabric on the bias (1.5″ wide and 26″ long) for the neckline binding. For more instructions on how to cut your fabric on the bias please follow this tutorial.
If you need help adjusting the pattern for a fuller bust, we have a great Full Bust Adjustment tutorial HERE.
Note: Prewash your fabric and tumble dry it until it is still slightly moist, dry in room temperature. Iron the fabric so it is easier to work with.
1. Pin the sleeves to the armholes right sides together matching the front and the back edges.
2. Stitch the pinned edges together 3/8″ (1 cm), then trim the seam allowances down to 1/4″ (6 mm) and serge/zigzag the raw edges together to prevent the fabric from fraying.
3. Press the seam allowance to one side (preferably, towards the sleeves).
4. Create two small knife pleats on the front and on the back of your tank as shown below:
Place your pleats on either side of the center back and the center front. Each pleat should be no more than 3/8” (1 cm) wide when folded. Make sure your pleats are symmetrical.
5. Baste your pleats (1/4” from the raw edge) to keep them in place.
6. Bind the neckline following this step-by-step tutorial HERE.
7. Pin the sleeve at the underarm and the side seams right sides together.
8. Sew the sleeves and the sides all in one seam at a 3/8″ (1 cm) seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance down to 1/4″ (6 mm) and serge or zigzag the raw edges together. Press the seams flat folding the serged/zigzagged edges to one side.
9. Create 1”-wide cuffs following this detailed tutorial.
10. Lastly, finish the hem by folding the fabric twice to the wrong side: first 3/8″ (1 cm), then another 1″ (2.5 cm). Press and pin.
11. Working from the wrong side, topstitch the hem as close to the folded edge as possible. Press.
Give your tee one last good press and you are all done!
Perfectly simple, but stylish and versatile, this tee can be made in a variety of linen fabrics. Have a browse through our plethora of colors and find the one that inspires you for this cute little project!