We’re always brainstorming ways to hack and modify our patterns, and a lot of the time inspiration comes from ready-to-wear. When this adorable striped linen top showed up in an Everlane newsletter (one of the few RTW companies I buy from because of their ethical and transparent manufacturing policies) I actually yelled out loud “WE CAN MAKE THAT WITH CAROLYN!” So that’s just what I did. Herewith, an easy way to mod our Carolyn Pajama top into a simple, modern shirt you can wear outside of bed.
The notched collar top is quite on-trend at the moment. In a slightly boxy cut with a cropped hem as we’ve done here, it’s a good choice for high waisted pants, which is basically the only style of pants I wear. I like for my tops to either be tucked in or hit above the hip so the proportion stays flattering. Here’s what we did to our pattern:
First, I removed the waist shaping in the pattern by straightening out the side seam. Next, I cropped the length a few inches (but included enough seam allowance to do a nice beefy 1.5″ inch hem). I cut the sleeve off at the short sleeve mark on the pattern, and then squared off the corners of the collar and lapel.
I used a lovely linen I’ve had in the stash for a while. It’s got a nice graphic stripe and Amy did a great job cutting it out so the stripe is nicely balanced across the collar and sleeve. We also added a split hem at the side seam. This is achieved by leaving a few inches free at the bottom and topstitching the hems in place rather than closed.
This was one of those projects we made in the summer and then plum forgot to photograph till this week, so I’m kicking myself a bit. It’s starting to get quite cold in Montreal already and short sleeves are not my friend again until the spring, but I’m hoping I can still get some wear out of this layered with a cardigan. Here I’m wearing it with my favourite Everlane pants; they have a great cropped pant I have in multiple colours. The wide legged style is similar to our Jenny trousers, but closer fitting in a stretch denim. I got a little burned out on sewing pants this year so it was kind of a relief to find a style I liked that I could feel good about buying.
I’m quite happy with how it turned out, and get a little kick out of using a pajama pattern to make something wearable outside my house. A little notched collar shirt will always have a place in my closet.