Summer shirts wardrobe builder

20 Apr

Summer is coming and the last of my store-bought shirts are ripping in various places or fading in colour. So I´m using this as an excuse to make a little basic summer wardrobe.


First I used a pattern from Burda (I can´t find the number anymore, I´ll have to dig through the magazines again). It´s originally a dress, so I shortened it at the hem and the sleeves. I used wonderfully soft cotton jersey with 3% lycra. I like it very much because it works as a casual shirt but with a skirt it looks quite fancy. And I love the combination of red and black!



Next is a top layer shirt, to be worn over a spaghetti strap shirt. It´s the pattern from Burda 03/2012 121A.

The wrap around bands are 1,20m long on each side, so there´s plenty of fabric to cover my whole belly and back. The navy jersey is really soft, so the shirt doesn´t feel too tight when wrapped.


Then I made 4 shirts in two colours: Purple and red. Each colour once with 3/4 sleeves and once with short sleeves. The pattern is Jalie 2105, which I shortened the pattern to hip lenght. I love that the back is lower than the front!











The last one is the Yellow tail camisole. I made it out of the scraps from the first top, so Yay! black and red again! The pattern is great with detailed instructions and it fit perfectly! It´s great for using up scraps and makes an unusual summer top that you can´t buy anywhere. The hem is still a little wavy, so I´ll use Laurens method and “steam the heck out of it” 🙂


I made one more shirt, but not for me. I had a kid in my kindergarten (she´s already in school) with whom I´m still in contact with. I had this purple fabric that I didn´t really like for myself. So I made her a shirt with an embroidery of a lacy dress. I have this design on a cardigan I made a few years back. When I first wore it at work (she was about 3 years old) she came up to me with siccors and wanted to cut it out of my back. When I asked her what she´s doing she just answered “I want to cut out your dress, you have to anyway!”. So now, almost 4 years later she´s getting her own 🙂


And I have a little sneak preview. I went fabric shopping and found this amazing fabric! This calls for a summer dress with as few seams as possible to show of this awesome colours!



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