The High-Low T-Shirt: How to hide your panty line..

high-low t-shirtThe High-Low T-shirt is the perfect item to hide your panty line.  Let's face it, girls, sometimes depending on the mood and “time of the month,” we feel like wearing an underwear that leaves us with the dreaded panty line.  We're not always in the mood for a tiny g-string, a sports undergarment, or a sexy lacy number.  There's nothing good about a panty line, but sometimes you just don't care.

I've recently taken up Pilates and I'm determined to tone my Gluteus maximus aka my butt.   Not for the reasons you might think, but simply because this muscle helps us keep a straight posture.  In other words, no more back pain.  If that isn't reason enough, this is simply a great high-low t-shirt that is easily made and transformed into a great top.

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With this top, the back is 4″ longer than the front.  The ease of the high-low t-shirt is fairly minimal at the shoulders because it's A-line and semi-fitted above the bust point.  It will be loose around the hips and closer to your body at the shoulders.  Perfect for the ladies who want to hide some extra pounds around the waistline and are looking for an easy going, comfortable top to walk around in.

high-low t-shirtIf used for Pilates or Yoga, this high-low t-shirt has a string at the bottom where you can tighten it so you will not have to worry about the t-shirt curling up your back when you bend over.  But, of course, this feature is optional.

This pattern is suitable for two-way stretch knits or jersey knits only.  I know what you are thinking, why is she using that fabric since this is supposed to be a t-shirt after all.  Well, I just like to excercise in style..

high-low t-shirtIf you do not have a serger and are using jersey knits, zigzag the seam allowances to prevent raveling.  If using an ITY knit, there is no need for a serger since this type of fabric doesn't ravel.

Skills required to make this t-shirt

  • This is an easy top to make, but if this is your first time working with knits do not attempt this top until you have read all the instructions thoroughly
  • Good knowledge of your sewing machine
  • Ability using a ball point needle or a walking foot
  • Experience in cutting and sewing with knits
  • Knowledge on assembling and printing a PDF pattern

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Materials

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You can download the pattern for this High-Low T-Shirt from our account at Craftsy.

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Finished  Measurements

To convert the measurements to centimeters accurately use this site.

Size Chest Waist Hem Front Length Back Length
Small 36″ 40″ 54″ 24″ 28″
Medium 38 1/2″ 42 1/2″ 56 1/2″ 24 1/2″ 28 1/2″
Large 42 1/2″ 46 1/2″ 60 1/2″ 25 1/2″ 29 1/2″
XL 46 1/2″ 50 1/2″ 64 1/2″ 26 1/2″ 30 1/2″
XXL 50 1/2″ 54 1/2″ 68 1/2″ 27 1/2″ 31 1/2″

Pattern Layout

Print on landscape, in actual size and using the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Step One: Cutting the fabric

The amount of fabric required will vary a bit depending on the size you choose to make.  So the best thing you can do is to print the size you need and work it out with the fabric you have in mind.  Do take into consideration when buying online that you can usually only ask for a whole number amount.  Few companies will sell you half yards especially when on sale.  As always, I recommend you to look in your fabric stash for the appropriate fabric.

Cut front and back on the fold.  Apply stay tape or stretchable fusible interfacing on the shoulders, neckline and at the hem.

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Step Two: Sew the dart and shoulder seam.

Sew the darts.  Try to finish the dart without creating a bubble at the end.  If you need some help, here's a complete tutorial on How to Sew Darts.high low t-shirt

Sew the shoulders and zigzag or use your serger.high low t-shirt

Fitting tip:  Taking in consideration that you will have a 3/8″ seam allowance, put on the top and check whether the neckline is too high.  Increase or decrease using a French ruler according to your taste.  Once you are happy, apply 1/2″ Stay Tape or stretchable fusible interfacing to the neckline.

Step Three:  Drafting and sewing the neck facing

The neck facing is not included in the pattern.  You will have to measure the neckline and cut a rectangle with that measurement by 1  1/2″.  When sewing this neck facing to the neckline use a 1/2″ seam allowance.   For the rest of the high-low t-shirt use a 3/8″ seam allowance and a 1/2″ hem.

Measure the neckline.high low t-shirtCut a strip of fabric across the horizontal stretch of the fabric.  Use this exact measurement to cut the facing.  Right sides facing each other, sew the sides at 1/2″ to make a loop.  Use small notches to divide the loop into four equal parts indicating the front, back and sides seams.high low t-shirtWorking on the right side of the fabric, pin the seam of the band to one of the shoulder seams and match the other notches to the center front, center back and the other shoulder seam.  Sew at 1/2″ seam allowance. high low t-shirt  Pin and stretch between the four points.
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Sew the facing at 3/8″.  Iron.high low t-shirt

Step Four: Sewing the sleeves and the sides

Match the notches on your sleeves.

One notch is the front of the sleeve. Two notches indicate the back of the sleeve. high low t-shirtSew the sleeves using a 3/8″ seam allowance and continue to sew the sides.high low t-shirtFold the sleeves hem 1/2″ and sew.  Iron the sleeves.

Step Five:  Hemming and finishing the high-low t-shirt

Place the grommets at the bottom in the center of the t-shirt. (optional)high low t-shirtAttach the grommets following the package instructions.

Serge the bottom without stretching the fabric.  Fold 1/2″ and sew at 1/8″ from the serged edge.high low t-shirtIron and your high-low t-shirt is done!  And you can't tell me that isn't one of the easiest things you've ever made.

This was my mock up and I like how it fits.  Now I'm going to look for an actual t-shirt fabric to make it, one in white to go with my yoga pants, and one in gray to wear while walking the dog.

Need to make this T-shirt longer? Try this easy tutorial on how to lengthen a top.

Want to change to change the look of the T-shirt into a blouse?  Try the bell sleeves transformation using the pattern you already have.

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53 Responses to The High-Low T-Shirt: How to hide your panty line..

  1. Jenny L says:

    I just finished making the top and really love it. My one concern in the back neckline. The neckline doesn’t fi flat to my back. Did I do something wrong?

    Otherwise a great pattern. Now I’m looking for more fabric!

  2. Jerri says:

    Is there a printable pdf version of the pattern instructions? I don’t see a link… Thank you!

  3. Sallie says:

    With the recent update is it just the sleeve that has changed? Do not really want to print all of those sheets again if not necessary! I have made the top and was happy with the length of the sleeve but they are a little tight at the top. A video would be great especially for the neck which I found tricky. Bought new jersey yesterday to make my next one thank you. Hmmm short or long sleeve?

    • So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Sallie, only the sleeves changed so no need to print everything. But please also have a look at the post publishing today which will give you a few more options of what you can do with the sleeves to be even more creative. Please check it out.

      • Sallie says:

        Hmmm I can’t seem to find a post relative to the sleeve options, would you please post a link or give me a clue where to find it!! Thanks.

  4. Maureen says:

    Thanks for the pattern. I just made it. I needed more tops to wear with my leggings. The next one will be short sleeve for summer. Love it!

  5. NonConsumer says:

    Thank you!!!

    I just finished making a lovely top using your pattern.

    The time and effort you put into this is greatly appreciated!

  6. Johanna says:

    Thank you very much for this pattern. I have one question: I have downloaded the original version and now I want to download the second version but then Craftsy says “you own this pattern already”. Does that mean that the pattern is adjusted automatically in Craftsy?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      The current version on Craftsy is updated. Check the 2″x2″ square test, it should say Updated, if it is not you need to delete the old version from your library and download the new version.

  7. Melody says:

    Hi, Thank you for the free pattern. I have done several necklines but there is a visible seam when done. You call yours a facing and the picture doesn’t look like the seam is visible. Can you direct me to where I can learn how to do that? Thanks!

  8. Kathleen says:

    I had a question about the facing. I posted it yesterday but I don’t see that it showed up here. Will the video make the facing step more clear?

  9. Kathleen says:

    For the facing piece, the first seam is sewn with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Do I understand that it is then folded to the inside of the shirt, along that stitched seam, and then stitched with a 3/8″ seam allowance from that edge? And is the second edge of the facing folded under to the inside at all or is it left as a raw edge? This is the only part of the instructions I can’t quite grasp.
    Thank you!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Kathleen, there are no raw edges at the neckline. Do saw on the outside, fold in the stitch.

    • Susan says:

      Kathleen, from the photos I would say that the facing piece is folded wrong sides together before stitching. Place both raw edges of the facing along the raw edge of the neckline and sew. Turn to the inside and sew down. Mayra, does this sound right?

  10. Sharon says:

    Is there a video for this pattern?

  11. Nicky Burke says:

    Thanks so much for the pattern. The instructions look very detailed and easy to follow. Looking forward to making it.

  12. Bijoux says:

    Should have clarified…I have a small so I thought the top would be more flattering. LOL

  13. Carolyn Blumenthal says:

    What do you thread through the bottom of the t-shirt?

  14. Catherine A Little says:

    Thanks for the free patterns. I enjoy everyone of them. I can’t keep up sewing. My teenage granddaughter loves me to sew for her.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      You are lucky, most teens rather go shopping, so you are doing something well to keep her interested 🙂

  15. Pamela McCandless says:

    I love this!

  16. Marion Tinney says:

    Still won’t let me download the pattern. When I click the download button it takes me to a craftsy error page says OOPS!

  17. swakins says:

    You guys are the best, I saw the pic and my first thought was I have to buy this pattern, and here you are giving it away! Thanks so much, trip to the fabric store this afternoon!

  18. Bijoux says:

    Thank you for the cute pattern. I have a few T-Shirt tops but the front & back are the same lengths just high on the sides. I also have a cute blouse that has a longer back end that covers the “Butt” and I can wear leggings. This will be perfect. Looks comfy.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi, Bijoux, yes it is comfortable. Leggings, jeans or a pencil skirt would be ideal to finish up our outfit.

  19. Lesley Cox says:

    Cute pattern! I only see one photo of the front of this top. My only issue is…as much as I want my back assets covered, I also want my front ones covered as well (lol if you know what I mean ?). By the way it’s pictured, it doesn’t look like the front comes low enough to cover me up if I were to wear leggings. Is this true for the pattern or is it just the photo? Thank you so much ?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI Lesley, I will cover this issue on the video. About how to transform this pattern, I am working on it today.

  20. Jo says:

    Are there recommendations on percentage of stretch required. Two way stretch percentage

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI Jo, any two way stretch will do, just check the finished measurements to make sure your chest area has enough room.

  21. Linda Hiles says:

    I Love this top. Could you tell me where you purchase your fabric at?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI Linda, I got it at a store called Spotlight in Australia. It was designed by Whiston and Wright a UK company.

  22. shirley bell says:

    where do i find the size to cut

    • So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Shirley, the sizes and finished measurements are on the website –Small through XXL in five sizes. You’ll see these different sizes indicated on the pattern itself.

  23. maggiyergin says:

    As I prepare to download this wonderful pattern I am perplexed by ‘double point needle’. I am not certain as to what it is and obviously I don’t have one but do have the walking foot. This pattern is just the ticket.

  24. WheelyBad says:

    For someone like me who is seated pretty much all the time this is perfect. Only trousers made for me sit straight on my waist so often my back gets cold. I can see many fabrics, sleeve , neck and legnth hacks. Heavy, medium and lightweight fabrics. Casual, smart and formal styling and potentially a wardrobe full of them!

    My health isn’t up to sewing at present but this has flown to the top of the “to do” list. Also looks simple enough and with brilliant instructions so that I could get a non sewer to help with this so maybe I’ll get one made quite soon.

    A brilliant, all round pattern and I hope the work to stregthen your back goes well.

    Thank you for a brilliant pattern ?

  25. Susie says:

    Great pattern! Just what I need for Pilates.
    Off to the local fabric store for cotton jersey!

  26. Louise McClain says:

    Thanks for the instructions very easy to understand

  27. Natalie says:

    Thank you. I really like this pattern.

  28. Shari says:

    Thank you for the pattern! Can’t wait to try it.

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