I am so excited about this shirt! I don’t know about you, but I always stress myself out trying to decide which side of the fabric I want showing when I buy reversible fabric. Sure I may have a preference, but then I feel like I am wasting the other pretty side! Oh the decisions of sewing 😉 I bought this fabric for Kina’s Christmas outfit but when I found out it was on sale I bought extra to make something for myself. Anything with gold sparkles is a favorite of mine! Actually a couple years ago I saw a shirt with similar stripes and colors at Gap. I really wanted to buy it but we were on a tight budget and I didn’t really need it so I passed on it. It’s crazy but I still remember that shirt today and wished I bought it. Enter this exciting fabric to remedy my passed up gold shirt all those years ago! Such a dramatic story right?!
Anyway, as I was trying to decide which side I wanted to use I thought to myself, why not use both sides?! I might as well make it reversible while I am at it right!? I didn’t want to line it to make it reversible, because well that defeats the purpose. Sure it would be reversible but it didn’t exactly utilize the fabric the way I was envisioning. Then I ran across flat felled seams or felled seams. I decided that would be the perfect way to go! What are felled seams you ask? Felled seams are made by trimming one side of the seam allowance then folding over the other seam allowance to encase all the raw edges. This type of seam is found on most all jeans. It is a very strong durable seam while also creating a very clean finished look! Since all the raw edges are encased I decided this was perfect for making a reversible shirt! Follow along below to see how I did it on the Lane Raglan shirt pattern by Hey June Handmade.
Can’t you see my excitement over my reversible shirt? I know the simple things in life right?!?
Reversible Shirt Tutorial:
Step 1. Sew seam. I actually used a slightly larger seam allowance of 1/2″ instead of the called for seam allowance 3/8″. I know this can throw it off a tiny bit, but I never had any problems with the lane raglan. Just use your best judgment when switching the seam allowance. I increased it to make it easier to sew the felled seam. Especially since the fabric is reversible it may tend to separate making it a little tricky to iron and sew if the seam allowance is smaller.
Step 2. Trim one side of the seam allowance down to about 1/8″. It doesn’t matter which side you trim, but I kept it symmetrical throughout the whole shirt.
Step 3. Fold and press the remaining seam allowance’s raw edge over to the stitching line.
Once pressed it will look like the picture above.
Step 4. Fold the seam allowance one more time so the raw edges are encased. Press and pin.
Step 5. Edgestitch along the folded edge to secure. Repeat these steps on all the the seams (except the neckband follow along below for that)!
You know when you have a great idea and it all works out perfectly in your head….until you actually do it? That slightly happened on this project. I was going along all excited like, then it came time to do the felled seam on the arm. I actually did a 3/4 length shirt, so the decreased arm length helped make it easier to sew. It wasn’t impossible, however, it just took a little more patience and time to sew the sleeve. I am sure you can do it on a long sleeve version too if you wanted. I was able to sew the whole sleeve without flipping the garment around to sew from the opposite side, but you may have to with a long sleeve. When I got to the band at the bottom of the shirt I again did a felled seam. You will trim all layers of the seam allowance except one. Since you sewed a band with two layers there will be more layers to trim.
Step 1. I sewed the neckband onto the garment as the pattern directed. I did change the seam allowance to 1/4″ instead of the called for 3/8″. Flip the neckband up and trim the seam allowance to 1/8″. Fold over the neckband encasing all the raw edges.
Step 2. Press and pin neckband in place. Edge stitch along edge to secure. The end result will be a band on one side and nothing on the opposite!
Pattern: Lane Raglan by Hey June Handmade
Size sewn: Small graded to Medium
Measurements: Bust: 34″, Waist: 29″, Hips: 40″
Modifications: Obviously I made a few mentioned above in the tutorial. Used felled seams, bigger seam allowance, and altered the neckband. I also shortened the sleeves to be 3/4 length instead of long sleeve. I left the band off of the sleeve and did a basic hem instead.
Fabric: JoAnne Fabrics
I couldn’t be more excited about how this shirt turned out! I have already worn it numerous times. I love that it can be dressed up or down. But the best part?!? I can utilize BOTH sides of this awesome reversible fabric!
I have worn this shirt with basic denim, and I have also worn it to church with a dressy skirt and shoes. Add a high waisted skirt and some classy black flats or heels and you are set!