* sashed shirt

Posted on March 28th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

Anthropologie has had these shirts lately with some Japanese fabrics in them as accents. I was even ready to shell out the money for one of them, but it refused to fit properly. Then I thought, I probably have some fabric like that somewhere, and I know I have a plain shirt that could use sprucing up. Lo and behold, I had 3 fabrics to choose from, even. What with all the red and pink and turquoise going on in blogland lately, the choice was clear. Although this means I now have a shirt that matches a dress I made for Blythe.


It was pretty simple to make. Cut the fabric into two double-wide strips (mine were 6 inches, for a final sash width of about 3 inches) that are as long as the width of the shirt. Fold in half longways, wrong sides together, and iron to make the sewing easier. Sew up the long side and turn inside out to get a tube. Iron each tube into a strip, keeping the seam hidden in the back. Then just topstitch each strip down on the front and the back of the shirt, using stabilizer to help with the stretchy jersey. I decided on the topstitching approach because leaving the old hem looked funny, and there was too much bulk to make a nice join the normal way. After both strips are on, try the shirt on and see how much the bottom needs to flair to look good/fit. I tried to follow the natural slant of the seam from the shirt. This part is important because the sash won’t stretch like the jersey does, so you need to build in that give or it bunches up (speaking as someone who had to rip the whole thing apart and start over once).


15 Responses to “sashed shirt”

  1. alice Says:

    How perfect! I have some shirts that have slowly shrunk wash after wash. A sash and maybe even some cuffs will give them a whole new season.

  2. Jenn (knittyJenn) Says:

    what a great idea!!
    I can’t wait to try it on my own shirts sometime!

    ps..I love the colors, too!


  3. Regina Says:

    What a wonderful idea. Your shirt turned out so cute. Now I’m going to have to dig through my fabric stash. I know I have plenty of plain t-shirts! Thanks for the great idea!

  4. Angela Says:

    Excellent idea! Your’s turned out lovely. I think I’ll practice this on my unsuspecting daughter’s little shirts first. 8-)

  5. Gillian Greding Says:

    Oh I LOVE this! You know shirts are SO short these days and I really am not in love with the stomach or exposed underwear look, so this would be awesome to make some of my short shirts more modest, but even cuter! Great idea!

  6. Alicia P. Says:

    Fab idea! And so much more economical!

  7. Patricia Says:

    I’m with Gillian–I *love* this idea for making short-shirts cover my midriff! What a terrific idea!

  8. molly Says:

    I LOVE this idea! especially because my shirts are NEVER long enough for my LONG torso! what a great solution!

  9. Stacie Says:

    That is a great idea! I am so sick of shirts being so short. I may try that but maybe with a solid fabric and a trim where the shirt and sash meet???

  10. kathreen Says:

    i really like it – that fabric you have trimmed it with is gorgeous

  11. Bee Says:

    Wow! So cute! This tip will definitely come in handy and let me extend the life of some of the shirts I keep shoving to the back of my closet!

  12. ilana Says:

    i love it! where did you find your japanese fabric?

  13. Jax Says:

    It’s a wonderful idea,so pretty. Thanks for sharing it with us. Jax in Wales.


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