I’m kicking off this tour with yet another Union St. Tee. I think this brings my total to 11? I can’t get enough. Once again I made my favorite view – the short sleeved V-neck, but I added a few details. This shirt is great for that – you can customize pretty much anything you want. I’ve even lengthened the hem to a dress length for an easy summer t-shirt dress, but that’s a post for another day.
The most important part of these shirts is the fabric. For me, the type of fabric and print I use determines which view and size I make. A super stretchy striped rib knit begs to be a longer sleeved fitted crew neck. Slub knits call for a baggier, more casual short sleeve shirt. The fabric I used for this shirt is a 100% cotton heathered peach with little stretch. I wanted a slouchier top since it didn’t have the stretch capacity to be fitted, so I sized up.
I only made two small alterations to this top, but I think they make a big visual difference. I hemmed the sleeves with a built-in cuff and added a pocket. The pocket is super simple. You can use a rectangle or a pocket with a point at the bottom, it’s your choice. Mine is a simple 4 x 3.75″ rectangle that I pressed under 1/4″ on the sides and bottom and 1/2″ on the top. Then I just sewed it onto the shirt. Easy peasy. You could use contrasting fabric, woven fabric, or as I did, a contrasting thread (mine is just a darker shade of peach but it makes the pocket pop!)
The pre-cuffed sleeves are also really easy. Before sewing the sleeve, simply press the hem up toward the right side of the sleeve, then press up again. Tack the cuff at the center of the sleeve by sewing over it once and backstitching. Then sew the sleeve to the shirt as usual. Since your stitching (or serging) will go all the way to the hem of the sleeve, be sure to secure your stitches well. That’s it! You can make your cuff as wide or narrow as you like, depending on the look you’re going for.
I love this bold geometric skirt with the soft heathered peach. I actually made this skirt as a muslin for my Elephant Skirt back in October and it turned out wearable, which is always nice.