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The latest Sew News magazine just hit the newsstand and I recently received mine in the mail. It is probably my favorite part of my Pattern Play column, seeing it in print, as mostly everything I do here on BurdaStyle.com is all digital! The project in the latest Apr/May issue turned out great and I actually used a men’s shirt pattern as my base and show you how to transform it into a trending off the shoulder tunic dress.

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Just the cover screams Spring! You can also opt for a digital version that you can download here.


Within my article I go over drafting steps that you can do to men’s shirt pattern to adapt it into a really dress or tunic for spring. I also include a chart to help you determine which men’s size you should sew and there is even a pattern coupon code.


The pattern I used was our Men’s Dress Shirt and it is a classic men’s button up simple shirt. I have actually sewn this pattern for my man before! The project version in the issue has a faux button/button hole closure and I also converted the cuffs and placket into an elasticated cuff to replicate and compliment the elastic off the shoulder neckline.


The off the shoulder neckline stays in place without the need for straps due to the elastic, and it is super easy to install. I always serge and stretch in my elastic in one go, but you could also easily use your regular sewing machine. Then once it is stretch-serged in, I topstitch down in place flipping the elastic to the wrong side.


For the cuffs I used the sam technique and to get the right wrist elastic circumference, I simply wrapped the elastic around my wrists until it was a comfortable tightness.

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Ta da! I love the finished look. It can easily be transformed into a dress with a little extra length, or worn as a tunic here over jeans.

Download the digital issue here to read all about this project and how you can sew it yourself, and if you love it then why not subscribe?

Happy Sewing!

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