You can never have enough shirts in your closet that can be combined in many different ways. The Esther shirt is perfect for hot summer days, sleeveless with a beautiful waterfall neckline. The top is slightly tailored, has narrow straps and is finished with a wide facing on the inside so that the seam allowances of the shoulders and armholes are not visible. If you need help with this, our illustrated sewing instructions will definitely help you.

Length at center back = 52-57cm

Esther was sewn from jersey in this pattern.

Required material:

We recommend a soft jersey with elastane.

Size 34-40 jersey 0.90 m 140cm wide
Size 42-50 jersey 1.00 m 140cm wide


Cut out the pattern pieces from your outer fabric. Lay the fabric right side up. Lay the selvedges parallel to the center so that you can lay the front and back pieces in the fold. The pattern pieces should all be face up. Always align the grain arrow on all pieces in the same direction and parallel to the selvage of the fabric. Transfer all the notches from the pattern through a 3mm long incision with scissors or with chalk and mark the ends of the darts, note that from size 42 bust darts must be processed. Pinch the seam allowance in the fold of the fabric because this is always a center. Markings define positions of dart ends, pocket positions, etc. Transfer these either with chalk or pins.

You need from fabric:

  • 1x front part in break
  • 1x back part in break
  • 1x neck strip
  • 2x armhole strips

Sewing instructions:

To sew this shirt you need a sewing machine and an overlock sewing machine, alternatively you can use the zigzag stitch on your sewing machine to finish the raw edges.

Be sure to use a jersey needle and use a stretch stitch, i.e. if you are sewing with a home sewing machine you should use either a zigzag stitch or the tripartite elastic stitch and then all seam allowances again with a zigzag stitch or another appropriate stitch neaten so they don't fray. In addition to the description, the colorful lines in the pictures show you where a seam needs to be sewn or something to be glued.
When sewing, pay attention to the seam allowance included in the pattern. Seam allowances that are not specially marked are 1 cm wide!
Happy sewing!

Sizes 42-50 have a bust dart, please sew this according to the pattern. A simple, straight dart is closed and sewn on the wrong side of the fabric, snap by snap, tapering from the widest point to the tip (so that the dart does not bag) on ​​the wrong side of the fabric, following the exact transfer of the pattern and carefully observing the marking. Draw a line with the tailor's chalk beforehand so that you don't sew too much or too little and finish the side seam nicely straight.
So that you don't have to bartack at the top, you can sew the last centimeter with a very small stitch. You iron the dart content upwards.

Next up is the back piece. Iron the strips for the neckline and armholes, wrong sides together, in a fold. Then you sew the ironed strips, right sides together, with 1cm to the armhole. The break from the stripes is turned to the center back. Now fold the strips onto the wrong inside of the fabric (the seam allowance disappears under the strip) and stitch them tight at the edge.

Now neaten the lower edge of the facing on the front piece, fold the facing over at the fold line so that it lies right sides together. Then stitch through the armholes with a 1cm seam allowance.

For curves, seam allowances are cut with scissors. The seam allowances can be laid flat.

Now you put the straps from the back part into the opening of the front part straps,…

... grab between the lining and the front part and pull out the shoulder seam. You close this with 1cm.

Here you can see a detailed view of the shoulder. Do the same with the second shoulder seam.

You close the side seams with a 1.5 cm seam allowance and enclose the receipt. Neat the seam allowances together and press them to the back.

Here you can see a detailed view of how cleanly the slip is processed with the side seam.

Iron the hem twice and over according to the pattern and stitch it tightly at the edge.

Your ESTHER is ready!

If you don't know what to do or if you have any questions, please send an email to info@schnittmuster-berlin.de. We will answer you as soon as possible.

Have a lot of fun with your new designer piece!

Sincerely, your Dagmar and Ellen.

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