With its crisp mandarin collar and open placket, this tunic is a great basic that you’ll want to wear season after season. Crafted from pure and natural softened linen, it feels luxuriously soft and is really comfortable to wear paired with your favorite jeans, leggings or as a dress.
For our sample size 6 pictured in this tutorial: 2 yards of IL019 MIX NATURAL FS Signature Finish Medium Weight Linen
Refer to the yardage table in the pattern for larger sizes.
Matching sewing thread, fusible interfacing
Scissors, pins, ruler, chalk, fabric marker, measuring tape, needle, sewing machine
You can access the multi-sized printable PDF pattern by following this link HERE. All seam allowances are included. The model is wearing US size 6.
Remember to transfer all the notches onto your fabric.
Note: Prewash your fabric and tumble dry it until it is still slightly moist, dry at room temperature. Iron the fabric so it is easier to work with.
1. Sew the partial placket onto the front of your shirt by following this step-by-step tutorial. No need to attach the buttons or sew the buttonholes as this pattern calls for an open-placket design.
2. Prepare your back piece: with your fabric’s wrong side facing you, accordion pleat your back (1/2″ to 1/2″) at the Center Back (the two pleats should meet at the center) and baste across the pleat (1/4″ or 6mm from the raw edge) to secure.
3. Finish the bottom hem of your front/back pieces using the great technique for curvy edges explained in this tutorial.
Now that the preparation is over, we can finally assemble the back and the front of the shirt with a yoke.
4. You’ll find the detailed instructions on how to attach the yoke in this step-by-step tutorial.
5. Attach the stand up collar as explained in this tutorial.
Don’t forget to apply fusible interfacing to the wrong side of your outer collar stand for more structure and support.
Next up – the sleeves!
6. Pin the sleeves to the armholes right sides together. Make sure to match the front/back notches.
7. Stitch at a 3/8” (1 cm) seam allowance then grade and serge/zigzag the raw edges together to prevent the fabric from fraying in the future. Press the seam allowances towards the sleeve.
8. Pin the side seams and the underarms. Stitch the side seams and the underarms all in one seam at a 3/8? (1 cm) seam allowance, then grade and serge/zigzag the raw edges together. Press the seam allowances towards the back.
9. Lastly, finish the sleeve openings with a rolled hem. Fold the fabric twice towards the wrong side, 3/8″ to 1/2 inch, press, pin and stitch.
Give your shirt a good last press and you are all done!
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