PHOTOGRAPHER/AUTHOR Eliza Starbuck
For Father’s day, I bought my baby’s daddy this sheer plaid Indian cotton shirt, I bought a Maryam Nassir Zedah’s store.
So I had him try it on wrong side out, and I pinned up the sides to fit the way he likes it. This is extra easy with plaid because you can make sure that you’re making both sides symmetrical by counting the stripes. But if you’re not working with a geometric pattern, measure to make sure that your work is balanced.
Stitch the side following your pins. I tend to do two stitch lines, one over the other to make sure it doesn’t get pulled out because I don’t have a surger machine. At the armhole, make the stitch line slowly grade into the sleeve.
(FYI, don’t ever cut anything on your bed the way I’m doing here. My grandmother and every sewing instructor I’ve ever had would be horrified. This is how you get holes in your sheets! Always cut on a table.)
Trying the shirt on wrong side out again, tuck up the hem to the length that you like it. you can shape the shirt tail to your preferences too. Here we give the hem a rounded shape, with it getting higher at the sides, and the longest in the back.