erica’s verdun with tie hack

Erica is back on the blog with a fun, easy hack to give a different look to our new Verdun Woven T-Shirt pattern. Anyone want to try it? Here’s Erica to tell you how she did it. 

I was excited to see that the new season of Liesl + Co. patterns included a simple woven tee. I can imagine that the Verdun Woven T-Shirt pattern is going to be a wardrobe staple for me. With the option of either long or short sleeves, it is a pattern that can transition through all seasons.

I first made a wearable muslin out of some yardage of wool suiting that was gifted to me. I’ve made quite a few Liesl + Co. patterns by now, and the sizing is reliably consistent. I usually make a size 4 bodice and size 6 shoulders in the C cup. When the sizing is not numerical, as in this pattern, then I make a straight size small. I’m grateful that cup sizing is included with the pattern, so I don’t need to fiddle with a bust adjustment.

DIy woven t-shirt with ties.

Once I confirmed that I am happy indeed with my usual size, I went through my stash to find a fabric suitable for summer. I picked this printed lightweight linen, which I remember purchasing in the middle of a snowy winter while dreaming of a tropical vacation.

DIy woven t-shirt with ties.

To further add to the beachy vibe, I added waist ties. Rather than drafting my own ties, I borrowed the tie pattern piece from the Girl on the Go Dress + Top pattern in the largest size. I also decided to borrow a bit of the silhouette from that style, so I lengthened the Verdun bodice, evened the front and back hems to match, and eliminating the hem facings.

DIy woven t-shirt with ties.

To lengthen the bodice, I added paper to extend 4″ from the bottom-most lengthen/shorten line on both the front and back pattern pieces. I then used a French curve ruler to extend the side seam lines to approximately match the existing hip curve.

This hack couldn’t be easier. I sewed the top of the ties 2″ below the bust darts, but I think there is a lot of wiggle room for where one could add the ties in the side seams. Halfway through sewing this top, I decided to include 5″ slits to both sides for added detail and to offer some additional range of motion.

DIy woven t-shirt with ties.

I realized afterwards that I can wear the tie detail in the front or the back!

DIy woven t-shirt with ties.

This pattern is fast to sew and a great stash buster. I can also imagine lots of opportunities to add fun, decorative stitches if I use solid-color fabrics. Or, perhaps I will try to lengthen it even further to be a dress. With or without ties, I suspect this will not be my last Verdun of the summer!




  1. Carolyn Kummer

    That’s lovely in the linen. There’s something really fresh about it! I have also thought it could be lengthened into a dress. I admit I have yet to purchase the pattern (!) but I have planned to make a dress out of it since first seeing it – using the Gelato dress pattern perhaps?

    1. Erica

      Thank you! I think the Gelato has more ease around the waist and hips, but I think blending the two patterns would make a fantastic dress silhouette. Hope you will share if you do that!

  2. Cindy Cooksey

    I love this! Great hack. Although I love the pattern as is, I think I will try lengthening and making slits.

    1. Erica

      Thank you! It is amazing how making a few simple changes can make a pattern feel completely different. I have loved seeing your Verdun!

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