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Curated by ITF - Issue 27

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Marden shirt Hack Kit

We love helping our subscribers sew a truly unique wardrobe, so we’ve served up a veritable smorgasbord of tutorials to help you reimagine the Marden shirt design.

Love dresses? Hate buttons? Can’t stand collars?

No worries! The Marden shirt Hack Kit is right up your alley.

The designs in the Marden shirt Hack Kit have been created so that you can use one tutorial on its own, or play mix and match for a complete pattern overhaul. And, you can apply everything you learn in this Hack Kit to any pattern of a similar style that you may already have in your stash! (Cos creating resources you can use over and over is what we’re all about!)

If pattern hacking is new to you, we’ve also included an Introduction to Pattern Making that covers the concepts, techniques and tools to help you get started on your hacking adventure.

Want to add some top-notch patternmaking credentials to your sewing skills kit? Join us for the third and final part of our latest In the Folds series - Sewing Shirts!

If you missed Parts 1 (Sewing Shirts Skills Kit) and 2 (the Marden shirt pattern) of the series you can purchase them with a current Curated by ITF subscription. Take a moment to check out all our past issues in our Past Issues archive.

The hacks included in this resource

Collars and Necklines

  • Creating a bias cut collar
  • Creating new collar shapes
  • Peter pan collar
  • Band collar
  • Creating a V-neck
  • Lowering a neckline

Sleeves and Cuffs

  • Altering cuff shape
  • Adding fullness to sleeve cuff
  • Adding fullness to sleeve cap + cuff
  • Adjusting the length of a cap sleeve
  • Removing cuff and placket to create a regular sleeve

Button Plackets

  • Creating a grown-on front placket
  • Drafting a partial placket
  • Drafting a facing (to work with a button placket)
Altering the body of a shirt
  • Removing panel lines
  • Removing placket and front opening
  • Relocating the side seam
  • Creating a high-low hem
  • Creating a shaped hem
  • Checking hem flow through
  • Lengthening a shirt pattern to create a dress
  • Add a zip opening to the back

Yokes and adding volume

  • Adding yoke seams
  • Adding gathers
  • Adding a yoke and centre back pleat


  • Drafting in-seam pockets
  • Drafting patch pockets
  • Drafting pocket flaps

The hacks are supported by a range of tutorials that cover all the basics of drafting your own patterns. This includes everything you need to know about tracing patterns, marking notches, adding seam allowances, and checking and truing patterns and darts.

    Skills library

    One of the challenges of pattern hacking is that you no longer have instructions for how to make the garment. We've solved this problem by including a range of resources to help you work out the best order of construction and fabric yardage, and we’ve included a deep dive into some specific sewing techniques that you may need for sewing your hacked shirt.

    Mighty Networks group

    By purchasing this issue you will gain access to the extra resources we shared in our online community when we released the project. This means that you will be able to ask questions, share your makes and connect with other makers who are also on a mission to learn new skills and sew clothing in a slow and conscious way.

    Please note: Although most of the hacks from the Marden shirt Hack Kit could be applied to a number of shirt patterns, the tutorials are based on the Marden shirt pattern. We'd suggest grabbing a copy of the pattern to support the skills you will be learning through this issue of Curated. You can purchase any of our past issues with an active Curated by ITF subscription.


    We’ve created a range of different hacks for the Marden shirt pattern, so that no matter what your patternmaking experience is, there will be something for you.

    New to pattern hacking? Start with some individual hacks, like drafting a patch pocket, altering the cuff shape or creating a high/low hem.

    Ready to level up? Why don’t you try adding volume to a sleeve or yoke seams?

    For those of you who want to learn a whole heap of new skills, pick one of our Hack Designs and dive right in! Follow it from beginning to end or pick and choose the elements you prefer.

    Digital product details

    The Marden shirt Hack Kit & Construction Notes: 160 of patternmaking tutorials and content. The booklet is suitable for printing on both A4 and US letter sized paper, or can be viewed onscreen using a PDF viewer.

    If you have any questions please see our FAQ and Digital Product Policy.

    More info

    The Marden shirt Hack Kit is not currently available as a standalone product and is only available for purchase to current members of Curated by ITF. It will be released as a standalone product in 2024.

    Have a question?

    If you have any questions please see our FAQ and Digital Product Policy.