The Rave Shirt - Square Neck

Making a Square Neck Rave Shirt by George and Ginger Patterns.

Rave Shirt Square Neck Pdf Review George and Ginger Patterns

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I've previously made The Rave Shirt Set with the Angled Neck Line (see my review here) but thought I'd challenge myself and make a Square neck version.


Rave Shirt Square Neck Pdf Review George and Ginger Patterns

The options for The Rave Shirt Set are:

  • scoop, square or angled neckline

  • short, 3/4 or long sleeves

  • cropped version with band


Rave Shirt Square Neck Pdf Review George and Ginger Patterns

Recommended fabric for The Rave Shirt Set is a 2-way or 4-way stretch knit with structure and good recovery with at least 50% stretch. I had a metre of Jersey Cotton from Forever Fabrics that I was able to cut out a size 16 from. I didn't have quite enough fabric to cut out the long sleeves - I cut them 8.5 cm shorter and thought I'd see how they looked when I tried it on.


Rave Shirt Square Neck Pdf Review George and Ginger Patterns

Using the handy layers feature on The Rave Shirt Set Pdf Pattern I printed out sizes 14 and 16 and graded so that the shoulders and upper bust are size 14, full bust is 16, waist is 14 and hips are size 16. Grading is really easy as there are grading points on the pattern so you know where to draw your lines to and from.


Rave Shirt Square Neck Pdf Review George and Ginger Patterns
Basting the raw edges of the neckband makes it easier to sew to the neckline.

The instructions for The Rave Shirt Set are easy to follow, on the whole, but I felt that the square neckline section could be better explained. The diagram showing how to pin the neckline to the bodice isn't particularly helpful because it doesn't illustrate that you have to pin and pivot taking into account what the seam allowance is. I did sew each corner of the band to the neck line individually making sure that there wasn't any puckering before sewing up the rest of the neck band. Once I had the neck band attached to the neck line I serged the raw edges, pressed it and top stitched.


Rave Shirt Square Neck Pdf Review George and Ginger Patterns
I added cuffs to the sleeves instead of hemming.

When I tried on The Rave Shirt Set I was happy to find that the sleeves were just about long enough. I could of just created a small hem but instead I decided to add a sleeve band. I measured the wrist of the sleeve to get the width (8") and decided on a 2" height. This meant that I had to cut out 2 rectangles 8" x 4".


Rave Shirt Square Neck Pdf Review George and Ginger Patterns
A ribbon tag stops me from wearing The Rave Shirt back to front!

The final thing that I did with The Rave Shirt Set was to add a small piece of ribbon to the inside neck at the back - there is a very subtle difference between the front and back so I wanted the ribbon to be easy to spot - hence the bright pink!


Rave Shirt Square Neck Pdf Review George and Ginger Patterns

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