- Lengthen hem at the center front by 4" and extending down to 6" by the center back. This made for the asymmetrical hem.
- Expand center back pleat to be 3" in width to allow for more movement at the back.
- For even more movement at the back, I cut up from the hem to the top of the back panel in two areas to create additional flare at the hem. Creating a cape-like appearance when the wind hits you just so.
The only non traditional elements are the light weight fabric, extra flare in the back and the asymmetrical hem.
Top-Stitching and Seam Finishes
In addition to the top stitching, french seams and flat felled seams where applied to all exposed seams in the garment.
Tower Placket and Cuffs
CB Box Pleat w/Flare
Lengthening the hem and creating an asymmetrical hem makes for more of a shirt dress or tunic silhouette as well.
Sewing Tip: Buttonholes
- Sew the buttonholes along the center front opening prior to the collar stand being stitched to the neckline.
- Sew the buttonhole at the collar stand prior to it being stitched to the neckline.
- Sew the buttonholes along the cuff prior to it being stitched to the bottom of sleeve.
Designed, photographed and written by Sheila Wong Studios.