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

Length at center back = 52 – 57 cm

→ To the pattern “Esther”

Esther was sewn from a 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 the pattern pieces from your outer fabric. Lay the fabric right side up. Lay the selvedges parallel to the middle so that you can place the front and back pieces in the fold. The pattern pieces should all lie face up. Always align the thread arrow in the same direction on all pieces and parallel to the selvedge of the fabric. Transfer all clips from the pattern through a 3mm long incision with scissors or chalk and mark the ends of the darts, note that chest darts must be used from sizes 42. Clip the seam allowance in the fabric fold because this is always a center. Markings define positions of dart ends, pocket positions, and much more. Transfer these either with chalk or pins.

What you need from fabric:

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

Sewing instructions:

To sew this shirt you will need a sewing machine and an overlock sewing machine, or alternatively the zigzag stitch on your sewing machine to neaten the cut edges.

Be sure to use a jersey needle and use a stretchy stitch, i.e. if you are sewing with a household sewing machine, you should use either a zigzag stitch or the three-part 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 needs to be glued.
When sewing, pay attention to the seam allowance included in the pattern. Seam allowances that are not specifically marked are 1cm wide!
Have fun sewing!

Sizes 42-50 have a bust dart, please sew this according to the cut. After transferring the pattern exactly and paying close attention to the marking, a simple, straight dart is closed and sewn on the left side of the fabric, clip by clip, tapering nicely from the widest point to the tip (so that the dart doesn't bag). Draw a line with tailor's chalk beforehand so that you don't sew too much or too little and the side seam is nice and straight.
So that you don't have to lock at the tip, you can sew the last centimeter with a very small stitch. Iron the dart contents upwards.

We continue with the back part. Iron the strips for the neck hole and the armholes, left sides together, in a fold. Then sew the ironed strips, right sides together, at 1cm to the armhole. The break from the strips is turned towards the center back. Now fold the strips onto the left inside of the fabric (the seam allowance disappears under the strip) and stitch them tight along the edge.

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

For curves, seam allowances are cut with scissors. The seam allowances lay nice and flat.

Now insert the strap from the back into the opening from the front strap,…

...reach between the facing and the front piece 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.

Close the side seams with a 1.5cm seam allowance and include the facing. Finish the seam allowances together and press them backwards.

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

Iron the hem in and out twice according to the pattern and stitch it close to the edge.

Your ESTHER is ready!

If you don't know what to do next or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by email at info@schnittmuster-berlin.de. We will respond to you as quickly as possible.

Have a lot of fun with your new designer piece!

Warmest regards, Dagmar and Ellen.

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