Buy or DIY: Fox Tee

My friend Erin and I have been sitting on the idea for this series for a while now and we’re so excited to be bringing it to you today! … here is our first in a series (of sorts) called “Buy or DIY“. We’ll take items from our favorite stores and bring you a DIY version. Fun, right?

Today I am sharing how to make this cute Fox Tee from Anthropologie (made famous by Taylor Swift). You can’t actually purchase this top anymore from Anthro, but you can make your own version with this awesome fabric from Girl Charlee (isn’t it perfect?! note: the color of the fabric linked is a shade or two lighter than mine, they are sold out of the darker blue, it seems :/)

Fox Tee Tutorial

So, here’s the break down…

1. I used the back bodice piece of my Out and About Dress pattern. You can use any top pattern piece that you like (or self-draft your own from a tshirt you like the fit of!). The Out and About Dress bodice goes to the natural waistline, so it needed to be lengthened. As shown below, I added about 10″ to mine. I used the back bodice piece of the Out and About dress as the front and back bodice pieces of the Fox Tee. I also raised the neckline a bit and made the shoulder a bit smaller (it has a “boat neck” neckline). I basically just played around with the pattern piece until I got the shape I wanted!

2. I cut the front and back bodice pieces out on the fold.

3. I used the elbow length sleeves from the Out and About Dress and cut them out as well.

4. Next, with right sides together, attach back and front bodices at the shoulders. Then attach the sleeves. Next, you’ll align the two top pieces right sides together and do one long seam from the hem of the sleeve to the hem of the top making sure the armpit seams align.

5. Turn the sleeve under 1/4″ and then 1/4″ again. Press and top stitch. Next measure from the hem of the sleeve, up 10″. You’ll want to be sure you are directly in line with under arm seam. Using elastic thread in your bobbin, sew from the hem of your sleeve to the 10″ mark. Be sure to tie off your elastic thread so it does not come undone. Press. Repeat for the other sleeve.

6. Before this step, try on your shirt and decide if the neckline is right for you. I had to cut mine down a bit. Just mark where you want it to hit and cut it on a curve. Cut a strip of fabric that is 1.5″x about 30″. Starting anywhere along the neckline (preferably at the back) pin so that the raw edges are matched and the right sides of the fabric are facing. Pin all the way around the neckline. Start sewing about 1″ from the edge using a 3/8″ seam allowance. Sew all the way around until you are about 1″ from where the two ends meet. Allow the ends to overlap by 3/8″ and cut the excess off. Sew these two ends together and pin in place. Continue your stitch line so that it goes around the entire neckline.

7. Trim this seam allowance to 1/8″ and press the raw edge towards the seam allowance.

8. Next, fold it over again, so that the raw edge and the seam allowance are encased by the binding. Topstitch this as close to the fold as you can get.

9. Hem the bottom of your top and you are finished!

Here are some photos to help you along the way…

Fox Tee Tutorial

Anthropologie-Inspired Fox Tee TutorialNOW, head over to Erin’s blog, Sewbon, to see her Madewell-inspired carry all tote. Its amazing, just like her 😉


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12 thoughts on “Buy or DIY: Fox Tee

  1. I love this! I just bought some of that fox fabric from Girl Charlee planning to make a top. This would be perfect! I’ve been wanting to get the Out and About Dress pattern and now I really need it! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Awesome! Great minds think alike! I just got this fox family this week from Girl Charlee, I originally ordered it to make something for one of my kids and then saw the Taylor Swift pic and decided it was too cute for my kids- so its mine 🙂

  3. This is super cute, though not the Anthro fox shirt I was thinking you were making. haha. I have an Anthro fox shirt that my mom got me for Christmas out of the same fabric at the one you based this one off of but the back scoops and the sleeves aren’t ruched at all. How funny. This one looks super cute, and I love knowing where to get more fox fabric! Looking forward to seeing what else you do with this series.

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