HP 1189 Fast & Fabulous Shirt-Tail T's

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*this is the classic paper pattern version;
if you need a print-at-home version in A4
sized paper click here; if you need the

letter sized version click here*

Your closet will thank you for this trio of shirt-tail T’s!
These simple-chic styles are perfect for lighter weight
drape-y knits like rayon, silk modal, or slubby linen jersey.

Loose-fit, pull-on T’s have a slouchy-shapely silhouette,
with a ‘U’ neckline, a shaped center back seam, cut-on
cap sleeves, and a shirt-tail hem.

The neckline is finished with self fabric binding;
sleeves are finished with a turn-back cuff.

Choose between a solid or pieced front (great for stripes!),
or add some ultra-pretty ruffles. These fluid T’s work brilliantly
worn loose or semi-tucked with cropped jeans or pants, or
try them belted over a swooshy ‘A’ line maxi skirt.

Shopping List

For sizes 6-8-10-12-14-16 you’ll need around 1 1/4 yards/110cm
of fabric for the solid front version.
For sizes 18-20-22-24-26 you’ll need around 1 3/4 yards/160cm of
fabric for the solid front version.

*For all sizes, add ½ yard or 46 cm of fabric if you are making
EITHER the version in
stripes with a pieced front OR  the
version with a pieced front and ruffles;
add 3/8 yard or 35 cm
of fabric for the version with a pieced front.*

 Fabric amounts are for 60”/150cm wide fabric.




12 Reviews
  • 5
    Love the shirt I made

    Published by Judy Wentz on 29th Sep 2018

    This pattern was super easy. Made into a really cute knit shirt. I did have to resize just a bit because the knit was stretchy. But was really really cute.

  • 5
    Flattering pattern

    Published by Megan on 19th Jun 2017

    I made this In a shabori dyed knit using the pieced front. It turned out great. A flattering cut and the dye pattern worked well with the pieced front. Pattern is designed really well.

  • 5

    Published by PL on 15th Dec 2016

    Measured at an 18, had to drop down to a 14 with FBA to get a beautiful streamlined fit. I shortened the neck tape by 7 cm to get a lovely flat fall around my neck.

    Apart from that flattering on most everyone I have seen wear it no matter their size or shape.

    I sew it in variations for work tops and casual wear.

  • 4
    Great Top

    Published by Arlene on 22nd Jul 2016

    Perfect top for summer. Love it.

  • 5
    This is my favorite Hot Pattern (so far)!

    Published by LisaG on 13th Mar 2016

    I bought this pattern as soon as it came out and made it so many times I had to put it away so I could concentrate on something else! This is fun as a solid shirt, pieced with stripes -- any way you want to make it. I love that Trudy has put so many options in one pattern.

    As others have noted, you should make a muslin. I went down a couple of sizes and also shortened the top, which I knew I would have to do. But it is quick and easy to make, and is a nice project when you want something new but don't have a lot of time. I am sure I'll be making more of these this summer!

  • 5
    Easy and Fabulous!

    Published by Carol on 5th Feb 2016

    I am now making my 3rd Shirt-Tale T! I went down a 2 sizes from what I thought I would sew (yes, sewing a muslin is ALWAYS a great idea), but the fit is wonderful and I can make this up in about an hour! I love it! I have plans for more as well. I now have a multi-fabric T, a print T and am working on a dressy black T now. FABULOUS pattern!

  • 5
    My Favorite HP Pattern!

    Published by Carolyn on 26th Dec 2015

    Rarely do I see all views of a pattern, but I did with this one! This is a terrific t-shirt. It"s loose enough to be comfortable without looking sloppy. The stripe and ruffle version are decievingly simple, but will impress your friends. I loved it so much, I posted on my blog after an eight month hiatus. You can find the blog and pictures here. http://carolynobryan.blogspot.com/

  • 5
    My favorite go to T

    Published by Becky Pearson on 24th Dec 2015

    I love this T-shirt! The pattern has lots of ease so it is easy to pin fit all the different types of knits to be the most flattering. I've made this in 3 different knits and they are all flattering. I especially love the binding technique for the neck and have used it for quite a few other tops. I intend to lengthen it in the spring for a nightie and a dress (and make a few more T shirts! :) )

  • 4
    Fast & Fabulous Indeed!

    Published by Patti Cichon on 22nd Nov 2015

    I love this top! It goes together very quickly, and the seaming on the inset panel makes the shirt very easily customizable. I also made it in the pieced front version using a print, and it's just fun! I have also modified it by using the top of the All Wrapped Up tank for my daughter's version because she wanted it sleeveless.

  • 5
    Fast, Fabulous, Stylish and Comfortable

    Published by Lee Ann on 16th Sep 2015

    Quick to sew, the diagonal seams on the front elevate this tee to designer status; very comfortable to wear. Use a fabric with drape and you will find the fit very flattering. Love how the directional stripes are included on the pattern pieces should you wish to use striped fabric. I have made 3 tees so far and have another cut out; I cut a size 8 but used size 16 length so this is a perfect tunic top for me to wear with leggings.

  • 4
    Good fit with a little tweaking, very flattering

    Published by Unknown on 14th Jul 2015

    This is a super-simple, flattering tee shirt that I will make again and again.
    Likes: Super flattering (with a few tweaks), super-fast and easy to make, adaptable to many fabrics and looks. So far I've made it in a drapey, slightly shiny black mini pique, red performance knit with LOTS of recovery, and a crushed rayon woven. The three fabrics reacted very differently, giving 3 distinct looks, all f them flattering. The woven rayon worked fine because the pressed-in wrinkles made it react like a knit. I also liked that the upper torso fit right out of the envelope! No FBA! The center back seam really helps to keep "loose and casual" from becoming "big and sloppy."

    Dislikes/quibbles: Once I got past the bust area I had to move the stitch line in up to 1/3" for a total of 2" off the circumference at the waist, tapering to about 3/4" at the hips. Still, not anything out of the ordinary. Every body is different. I was not fond of the neck binding technique. I found it to be a bit bulky. However, it was perfect for the woven, ravelly rayon top.

    All in all, this is acute, deceptively simple top. It looks like a lot of other tee shirt patterns out there, but the fit and details (did I mention the sleeve cuffs? they really take it to another level. I tried it without, and it was pretty plain) make it worth your while even if you have other favorite tee shirts. I'll be making up many more of this one.

  • 5
    Perfect fit

    Published by Unknown on 18th May 2015

    So impressed with this pattern. The fit is amazing and sizing is perfect. I have such a hard time finding flattering patterns that fit my post-baby apple shape body. This one looks great, and only took about 30 min to finish.

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