Admittedly, you have to search a little to find today’s me-made pieces. But that’s just what basics should do, complement an outfit without standing out. I do have a love hate relationship with the sewing of basics. On the one hand, I can never get enough of useful basics. On the other hand, I mainly fail at supposedly easy basics. It’s kind of crazy as it is comparably easy for me to sew even difficult pieces made from woven material such as blazer. They always turn out wearable but I’ve had to throw several ruined basics into the trash. I just prefer woven fabrics over jersey any time. And you? Unfortunately, it has become more and more difficult for me to find basics in store since I take more care of sustainability. I can never find them in a good condition in online stores and the basics that I have tried from conscious brands have disappointed so far. So I ended up sewing a much needed striped longsleeve myself. I used a Burdastyle pattern that I had sewn before this shirt. The pattern fits true to size for viscose jersey, but I found it to be a little tight when made from cotton jersey. Thus, I sized up by one size for my striped longsleeve. I’m already thinking about sewing the same longsleeve again so that I will always have a striped shirt on hand for my Capsule Wardrobe when the other one is in the wash.
According to my experience, the quickest way to sew basic shirts is by using the following 6 steps:
- Close one shoulder seam.
- Finish the neckline. (I use the method with an additional jersey stripe but bias tape would work as well.)
- Close the second shoulder seam.
- Attach the sleeves to the top along the sleeve cap.
- Close the side seams.
- Hem the sleeves and top and your new top is finished!
Bomber jacket: Zara (2nd Hand via Kleiderkreisel)
Longsleeve: me-made, pattern no. 106 Burdastyle February 2011
Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim (2nd Hand via Vite en Vogue)
Cashmere scarf: Uniqlo
OTK boots: La Socki