How To Make a Sleeveless Shirt

Updated April 17, 2017

During hot days, shorts and short-sleeved shirts are often not enough to keep you cool. Sleeveless shirts offer a cooler and more comfortable alternative to the classic T-shirt. Plus, they can be worn by men or women, dressed up or down, and can be made out of practically any kind of fabric you'd like. In addition to all of this, a sleeveless shirt is incredibly easy to make. If you know how to make a basic stitch using a sewing machine, then you can make a sleeveless shirt.

Cut out two pieces of fabric that are each about 24 inches long and 1 inch wider than half the circumference of your bust line. For instance, if your bust line is 36 inches, the fabric pieces will be 24 inches long and 19 inches wide.

Pin the two pieces directly on top of each other, right sides together. Cut out a half-circle at the top for the collar.

Cut out a "J" shape on the top of each side of the pieces for the armholes. Sew the pieces together, leaving the collar, armholes and bottom open.

Hem the bottom of the shirt, the collar and the armholes. Turn the shirt right-side out.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 yard of fabric
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric scissors
  • Measuring tape
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About the Author

Courtney Clark studied English, creative writing, film and history at Southern Virginia University from 2005 through 2008, earning a Bachelor of Arts. During her time at SVU, Clark participated in the English Honors Society and the university's film club.