Sloped Hem Swing Shirt Tutorial


Sometimes my sewing goes rogue. In my heart of hearts, I fly by the seat of my pants. Kind of like me attempting to take Kitty outside because she wouldn't stop crying at the door.

I bought this fabric for the striped turtleneck design. In the middle of sewing it I changed my mind and decided to eliminate the turtleneck on this one.

The shirt was semi-finished for almost three weeks and on a whim I decided to finish it this past weekend.

The neck facing is super simple and to add casual flair I added a sloped hem with a partial opening. It creates the feeling and look of a casual swing shirt. And it was so simple and quick. 

And I have to say, I'm happy my sewing goes rogue sometimes. 

Sewing Tutorial

1.  use the altered shift dress pattern from this tutorial

The base shirt is made with the pattern from the Painter Top

For those of you that are new to Casual Seamstress-- I made the shift dress pattern a bit more boxy in the linked tutorial. If you don't want the boxy feel just download the FREE shift dress pattern here and use it for a shirt instead. 

2. Finishing the Hem

Use a blank piece of paper to draw out the sloped pattern to then trace on your shirt (or you can download the pattern I used below if you don't want to free hand it). For me, I didn't want a drastic slope so I only went four inches (before being hemmed) deep at the center back. 

The front of the shirt is straight across.

3. Create the partial back opening 

Find the center of the back of the shirt (by folding it or measuring it). Decide how deep you want the opening to be and mark it (mine is 13 inches in length). 

Cut the partial opening using the marks you just made. 

4. Sewing the Partial back opening

Cut a long rectangle for the facing of the opening. Mine was 15.5 inches long and 4 inches wide (the picture below is after I trimmed it but I always start with extra wide facing to make sewing easier). 

  • Cut the rectangle in half but leave around around 2 inches connected at the very top.
  • Pin the facing on the outside of the shirt.
  • Sew the facing on.
  • Flip it inside and iron it. 
  • Sew the top stitching. As you will see below, I chose to sew across the top of the part instead of making a true point. 

5. Sew the hem

Finish the hem with a facing or just a simple fold over like I did.

Don't forget to measure, pin and iron before you sew. It makes a world of difference (really!) and it doesn't take much longer).