Rosie Shirt


Rosie Shirt Floral with Denim image
Rosie Shirt Floral with Denim

Women’s shirts are definitely huge fashion news this season. Shirts in all their styles and variations, long, sleeveless, dress length, denim and lace. All the big name designers including Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg, and Ralph Lauren, sent shirts down the runways this season. They are perfect and so practical to wear easily at work, rest and play, you can never have too many! Even though they can be thought of as a bit masculine, there is actually nothing more sexy than a well designed basic shirt, must be something to do with the simplicity of it.

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This is the last of my March floral fabric projects. The others are Dallia Shift Dress, Floral Sleeveless Dress Sewing Pattern and How to sew an in-seam pocket – Dallia Dress.


Rosie Shirt Floral image
Rosie Shirt Floral

I have had great fun this week sewing together the Rosie (floral name) shirt. This is a pattern which I have used many times before to make shirts for myself and family and I am very pleased that it is now available in the pattern store.

The Rosie shirt has attractive three quarter length sleeves with feminine gathering around the cuff band and a few little gathers at the back across the yoke for comfort. The bust darts give shape and there are two collar choices, rounded or the traditional pointed option.

I have combined the sumptuous floral rose fabric with a dark denim at the collar and front bands to contrast not only the look but also the weight of the different fabrics against one another.

I am so pleased with the way it has turned out that I am going to bombard you with shirts over the next few blogs! I’m going to make a cotton lawn one and a pink gingham one at least, possibly even more.

Let me know in the comments how you make your shirts.

Do you use a construction method like making a mans formal shirt or a more dressmaker approach with just the one yoke and no flat felled seam? I tend to use a mixture of both at different times but on this occasion I’ve opted for a more blouse like construction without the more tailored techniques of a man’s shirt.

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Lillia T-Shirt Zipping it up

I am loving the flexibility of basic patterns at the moment which I can alter to create different styles and designs. I’m following on with the “ mini theme” of manipulating the basic Lillia T-Shirt pattern to get more look for your buck.

Lillia T-shirt with Zip Back image
Lillia T-shirt with Zip Back

The addition of an exposed zip gives a modern casual or sporty styling to the top.
Choose a zip which has either decorative tapes or is a contrasting colour to your fabric, or has chunky teeth and an attractive slider.

Lillia T-shirt Exposed Zip image
Lillia T-shirt Exposed Zip

I have added a back centre seam in order to have an attractive exposed zip detail. It is completely possible to put the exposed zip in without adding a seam but it is a bit simpler to do with one, so thats what I’ve done. I changed the basic back pattern piece by adding 1.5 cm/ ⅝ inch seam allowance at the centre back line and cutting it out of the fabric as two back sections instead of one on a fold.

The insertion of the exposed zipper means that the assembly of the T-Shirt varies slightly from the basic style. The shoulder seams are still sewn together first but then the neckband is attached. The neckband is left open and attached from the left back opening to the right back opening. Then topstitched around the neckline.

The jersey fabric recommended for this pattern really needs stabilising with iron on interfacing before sewing in the zip, to prevent the material from stretching and puckering out of shape. Add interfacing to both sides of the back seam about 4 cm/1 inch wide and as long as your zip.

Lillia Zip Back image
Lillia Zip Back


Lillia T-shirt with Surprise open Back image
Lillia T-shirt with Surprise open Back

I’m interested in the different looks you can get from the one pattern so here are some ideas;

As well as the surprise opening in the back and the exposed zipper, you could have side vents with it longer at the back than the front, a wide hem of a contrast fabric, either contrasting in colour or weight. Don’t forget that with the Lillia pattern you get the ¾ sleeve option as well so you could change that to be a contrasting jersey fabric on the sleeves. You could use a binding on the sleeve hem to match with the neckband. Play around with your use of fabrics, lace on the back, jersey on the front. Silk or cotton on the front and jersey on the back.

Lillia T-shirt with Surprise Back image
Lillia T-shirt with Surprise Back

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