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How to sew an overshirt for warm weather?

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For some years now, overshirts have been very much in vogue, and can be worn both in winter and summer.

We’ll show you how to sew this wardrobe basic!

What fabrics should I choose to sew an overshirt?

The overshirt is a versatile piece between shirt and jacket. It was inspired by the clothes worn by 19th-century workers, and more specifically by overalls, with their patch breast pockets and raw look. Today, overshirts have evolved to include a wide range of styles: thick denim models, light cotton pieces worn over a tank top or thin t-shirt… They can be worn open or closed, depending on the desired look.

The look of the overshirt therefore changes completely depending on the fabric chosen. To approach workwear, for both men and women, we choose a rather thick, dry fabric, such as denim or robust jeans, or a woollen fabric (thin and light if you want to wear this piece in spring or autumn). You can then wear it in a casual look by pairing it with a tank top, camisole or simple t-shirt.

If you want to wear your overshirt in summer, you can choose an oversize model and sew it with a thinner, lighter fabric. A nice natural linen would be ideal for a summery piece. Once again, layer with a lightweight T-shirt, sleeveless or not, depending on the temperature.

You can also sew an overshirt with a cotton fabric that will be breathable for the summer ahead. Cotton chambray, poplin, double gauze… Overshirts are often sewn with plain fabrics. For an original touch, sew it in a bright (red, yellow) or pastel (lilac, water green, sky blue…) color.

Sewing an overshirt isn't that complex if you choose the right pattern!

Which models to choose?

To sew a classic overshirt inspired by blue overalls, use Super Bison’s Woody model. It features the iconic chest patch pockets. If you want to break up the classic look of this piece, you can use a contrasting fabric to sew this detail. To make a shirt or overshirt, it’s best to have a few basic notions. The Super Bison model can be sewn with jeans or a heavy fabric to make a mid-season jacket, perfect for cool spring and summer evenings. Or with a very light fabric to make a very summery piece.

The overshirt is also a very popular piece for men. They are frequently used to replace mid-season jackets. In the space of just a few years, it has become a key item in men’s wardrobes.

The New Look pattern has the advantage of being unisex, so it can be used by both men and women. It has two large patch pockets and can be sewn with velvet for winter orlinen for summer.

Another way to sew a warm-weather overshirt is to use a large, oversized, fairly long shirt pattern and sew it with a lightweight fiber like linen, cotton poplin or even viscose. A good way to give a second life to patterns you may already have in your closet. Don’t hesitate to choose a size up for a nice fall.

Alternatively, you can choose the Camille pattern by Joli lab or Effigie by Coralie Bijasson. As with the previous patterns, you’ll need a little experience to take on such a project. The collar and cuff stages require a little dexterity. A good idea if you’ve already sewn a few garments, or if you’re just starting out and want to step up a gear!

Overshirts are also ideal for children, because they’re so comfortable. What’s more, it gives them a lightweight jacket to protect them from the sun and cooler summer days. Super Bison’s Cooper pattern is ideal for both boys and girls, from ages 2 to 12.

Do you have an overshirt in your closet? Would you like to sew one for warm weather?

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