How to Make a Pin Tuck Bib aka Casual Tuxedo

Yes, I made another m6692 (like here and here and here and my other favorite here). This time I made it kick ass.

I drafted up myself a tuxedo bib! I'll show you how I did it, but first marvel in my new favorite shirt with me.

It's just a plain black shirt otherwise. It was made from a 4 way stretch jersey I got from Walamrt.

I'm a super nerd and I think it looks extra awesome with my coat on. But I digress.

The white fabric was from the a dress I made ages ago. The collar was fucked up and I never wore it (I can't believe I ever did!), but always loved the fabric so I cut that bitch up.


I got some weird points just as the round part straightens out, but I am sure I am just nitpicking.

Here is the inside. Yeah there is shit all over it, but I made it right before a party and long story short I slept in it before I took these photos.

Ok, so how did I do it? lets get into it.

I recreated what I did with yellow fabric so you can see better, I wasn't as precise so please forgive the non straight lines and poor pressing. Also the real fabric has stripes on it, which made it way easier. I started by watching this video, she marked her shit and so should you if you don't have stripes.

Your shirt should be cut out, then do all this. Then make the shirt.

Start with a piece of fabric much wider and longer than you need, by inches and inches all around. This is so you don't have to find the center, you can just make the center. Also you will need to find the right length later. When I did it for real the fabric was twice as long as I needed and used the half with better pin tucks. HACKED.

I started with the middle folded part. I just roughly made it until I found a width I liked.

Then pinched it up to find the bottom.

Then pinned it, matching up strips.

Then secured the pins.

and sew.

Press out the back first.

and either side of the flap. Press it so there is a crease, this will be a middle of the flap marking. This is your center. Not only for flap ironing, but also for button sewing later.

Now flatten out your flap, and match the ironed mark with the seam underneath.

And press until the cows come home. Press down hard and use a lot of steam.

For the side tucks I recreated my stripes.

I used the stripe closest to the sewing I just did, so my new line of sewing will be covered by my center flap.

Pins in.

Pins secured. The middle stripe is now the the middle of the fold.

The pins should help keep the center flap out of the way.

You will get this straight out of the machine.

This is unfolded, unpressed.

Again, press everything. A lot.

Hey there hidden stitching. Sups?

I skipped the other side's tuck, but you get the idea. Now, find how wide you want it. Throw on the front panel of the shirt and get an idea of how wide and long (holding the top of the bib at the future shoulder seams, not the bottom of the neck hole) you want the bid to be. Also add some seam allowance.

I used a bowl to help with the round part.

Mark and cut. Like this, only even.

I used these scissors to cut notches at the round part to aid in the folding. You can just notch it if you don't have these.

Like this, only good.

On the back side, start your hem at the bottom middle, and work your way up to the top.

Iron the shit out of it. The flatter the better.

Pretend this is your front shirt panel, and that's the neck hole.

Center your bib.

line it all up.

Pin it, flip it, and mark the neck hole on the bib.

Remove the pins and the shirt front, and cut it.

Put it back on the shirt and pin the whole thing on. 

(ignore the collar being attached here)
Start sewing by doing the neck line- use basting stitch. I was in a rush to wear the shirt and I left mine in. Here you can kinda see them.

Then sew it all the way around. I used a 3 stitch length since the black fabric has some stretch so the bib has some room to move with the fabric and not pop a stitch.


Now construct the shirt. Lastly sew the buttons on so you can get the perfect placement and the best look since you won't know 100% where the collar line will be until after you have attached it.

and BAM! Good to go!

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