Sewing Class: Polo Shirt


Hello Darlings,


I am very excited to present my newest sewing class - this time, we are learning everything about making Polo shirt!


Polo shirts are absolute classic pieces of summer wardrobe and they are beloved for their incredible versatility and comfort. I personally love having at least one Polo shirt in my wardrobe at all time (and I even made a dress version a few years back!), while my husbands summer wardrobe is almost exclusively made from Polo shirts and pants. They seriously go so well with everything!


This is also my 4th full sewing lesson, and I hope you are enjoying them so far! In case you missed any of them, here are all previous lessons (all free, of course):

Sewing lesson #1: Circle Skirt

Sewing lesson #2: Sweatshirt

Sewing lesson #3: Easy Summer Dress


Before moving deeper into this class, I want to thanks sponsor of this class - Kai Scissors!

Kai Scissors are known among professional seamstresses for their extremely high quality and durability. Kai scissors are made from hardened metal, which gives extra sharpness to the blade, ensures that scissors do not dull and gives precise cutting results each time. Kai scissors have a wide range of different models, so you will be able to select the best option for you. In this sewing class I tested Kai 5000 series and Kai 7000 Professional series, and I've been really impressed with how well both these series performed. If you are looking for high quality, precise and durable scissors that will last you a lifetime and make cutting easy - Kai Scissors are definitely worth your attention!


Without any further ado, let's begin our class! Click video below to start watching the class, and scroll down for detailed class description + up-close photos of my Polo shirt. Enjoy!


What this class contents?

This Polo shirt sewing class has two parts:

02:28 Polo shirt pattern making. In this part I will show you how to draft a pattern based on YOUR measures. The pattern base is very similar to what we learned in Sweatshirt sewing class, however this time we are using different ease and adding a few extra details, such as collar and placket. In the video I show how I draft my own pattern, but feel free to use same technique for drafting Polo shirt for men (only change I did when I was making pattern for my husbands shirt - made neckline a bit wider than standard 7cm for womenswear).


25:18 Polo shirt assembling. A step-by-step tutorial on how to sew your own Polo shirt. This assembling technique is universal, so you can use same when sewing Polo shirt for women, men and kids. Personally for me, I just love assembling Polo shirt - they are so fun to make!


What materials you need to make this dress?

The beauty of the Polo shirt is in it's simplicity, so you don't need much to make it. You will need:

  1. Fabric. There is a special Polo shirt fabric, often referred as 'Lacoste' fabric. This fabric is stretch, light-medium weight, with a bit of a rough surface. The fabric wears very well and is comfortable even on a hot summer day. All fabric stores that I know have at least a couple of Polo fabrics available, so do not hesitate to ask sales staff to give you directions if needed!

  2. Matching rib knit collar (optional). I added word 'optional', because in reality it's very difficult to find a matching rib knit collar - I personally had no luck in finding one even in the biggest local fabric store... But no worries, there is a way around this step! In the video I will show you how to make a collar from same material as your shirt (this is the method I always use, by the way).

  3. Buttons. At least 2 simple buttons (more if you are going for longer placket). I like to match my buttons to my fabric, but it's totally up to you and the style you are going for!

  4. Fusible interfacing. You will need just a bit of lightweight interfacing, to stabilize the placket.

And that's it, that's all you will need!


A few more garment pictures up-close:

This is it for todays class and I hope you enjoyed it! If you make a Polo shirt based on this class - please send it to me via Instagram DM, I would love to see your creation!


Wishing you a creative week ahead,

Julie