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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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Surprise in the back of the Lillia T-shirt

I can’t tell you how excited I am by the response to the latest pattern release. Lots of you have now downloaded the new Lillia T-Shirt pattern.
So I was thinking to myself, now that you have the basic T-Shirt pattern, what else can you do with it?
Well how about adding a surprise in the back?

Lillia T-shirt Back Completed image
Lillia T-shirt Back Completed

This is a very effective, yet simple way to make a nice T-Shirt top into a special occasion top.
I’ve used a soft, medium weight knit fabric in an everyday pink, however I think the look could be a lot more glamorous in black, midnight blue or you could even use lace on the back.

Once you have downloaded your Lillia T-Shirt pattern, assemble it and cut out your required size. You will need to either print off the back piece a second time or draw around it onto a large piece of paper, so that you have two back pieces. Tape these two back pieces together to make one large pattern.

Lillia T-shirt Back Pattern image
Lillia T-shirt Back Pattern

Modify the Lillia T-shirt pattern

Now for a bit of measuring. You are going to alter the pattern to create the new back section piece by measuring across from the neck edge along one shoulder for 2 inches/5 cm. Then measure along the opposite bottom hem edge 7 inches/18 cm. Draw a straight diagonal line connecting these two points and cut along it. This is now your new pattern section for the back of your Sexy Lillia T-Shirt.

Lillia T-shirt Modified Pattern image
Lillia T-shirt Modified Pattern

Cut two back pieces from your stretch jersey fabric along with one front piece, which is cut on a fold and a neckband.
To assemble the back of your shirt together, start by turning under and hemming the long diagonal edges. Use a ½ inch hem allowance. If you are fortunate enough to have a coverstitch machine this would be perfect for using here to create an even hem without pulling or stretching the fabric out of shape.

Lillia T-shirt Back image
Lillia T-shirt Back

Position the two back pieces on top of one another, as in my photo, and baste stitch around the neck edge to hold the two back sections together. Treat the new back section as one piece as you assemble the rest of your Lillia T-Shirt together following these instructions.

Lillia T-shirt Neck Band image
Lillia T-shirt Neck Band
Lillia T-shirt Back Completed image
Lillia T-shirt Back Completed