Boxy Tee: Free Pattern But Worth a Purse of Roman Coins

I do not know quite how summer came and went so fast! Earlier, as summer appeared to stretch out endlessly before me, I had plans to tackle so much work ahead of time. Two brand new courses to teach this year? No problem — they will be done in their entirety by early August! Adding new technologies to existing courses? I’ll learn everything I need to know about all. the. technologies. by end of July! Hiring and training a team of people for a load of brand new positions? All bureaucratic paperwork and hiring will be complete and everyone will know what they’re doing before September! Ha. Do you know what *actually* happened? Me neither, but I suspect it had something to do with the mythical slowing-down-of-time-in-summer-to-allow-for-all-kinds-of-work-to-get-done not actually taking place as expected. And now I’m doing All The Work While Crying. I couldn’t trace this meme back to its original creator so with apologies to him or her, you’ll find me somewhere in the green & black area at the end of the status bar right now.


At least now I’m learning to incorporate the Fuck Off phase into my long-term strategic planning. 🙂

Anyway, I figured it was time to blog about this summer tee before all hope for wearing it is over.

Roman Coin Boxy Tee

This is Purl Soho’s Boxy Tee pattern. I purchased the fabric, a very lightweight woven rayon border print with flowers and roman coins, at Designer Fabrics on Queen Street West in Toronto. (Lately they’ve had a lot of ancient-Rome-themed fabric that I found hard to resist, as evidenced by this other blouse I made recently with a Roman theme.) For this Boxy Tee, I only used 2/3rds of a yard of the fabric, particularly because I used pre-made bias tape for the neck facing instead of making bias tape out of the fabric itself.

Roman Coin Boxy Tee

I highly recommend the pattern. It’s simple, quick, uses minimal fabric, and you don’t have to print out and tape together any pattern pieces (just one page that gives you a template for cutting out the neck). If you can measure out a rectangle or two, you’re good to go. There’s also a version that includes directions to add two ties at the waist that you could tie at the back for a bit of shaping. I think I might be regretting not including those on my version.

Roman Coin Boxy Tee

My modifications:

  • I did not add sleeves. I just started by cutting the front and back pieces to have extra ‘flaps’ sticking out at the top sides where the armholes would be…that gives the look of a cap sleeve but built into the body.
  • The pattern calls for two pieces sewn together for each of the front and the back, creating a horizontal seam. Instead I cut out one continuous piece for each in order to show off this amazing border-print fabric.
Purl Soho’s Boxy Tee  — with added sleeves and seam across the front. I love the neon colour blocking they’ve done here!
My version of the Boxy Tee, with built-in ‘sleeve flaps’ and no front or back seams. And crappier lighting.

I’m thinking I should pick up this Roman Coins Bracelet I saw recently at the Pompeii exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum to wear with it. What do you think — too much flashing of cash in one outfit?

Roman Coin Boxy Tee
In this pic you can see just where the top is just a bit too snug around the top of my hips. This is why I’d recommend modifying the pattern just a bit by grading out the front and back rectangles towards the bottom if you’re worried about it hugging your hips too closely.

I also have a little skirt in progress using the same fabric, but I’m kinda stuck on figuring out how to line it, so it may languish in my Work-In-Progress pile for while. (Never fear, I won’t be wearing them both together if I do ever finish the skirt.)

Roman Coin Boxy Tee

As summer comes to an end, I want to wish you Happy Real New Year, ’cause no matter how long you’ve been out of school, September always feels like the real deal when it comes to a new year.

Thanks for reading!

12 thoughts on “Boxy Tee: Free Pattern But Worth a Purse of Roman Coins

    1. Well, let me check how much I’ve got left. It’s not exactly subtle enough to make multiple clothes out of…I’m thinking the Tee and the skirt will do so I’m happy to send along the rest if there’s enough for you to work with.


  1. I’m an enabler. Get the Roman coin bracelet! For that matter – buy two!! The top is gorgeous. Haven’t seen such a beautiful print in a long time. And it suits you so well. Love the matching cat bomber in the background. And the red shoes trying to make themselves known. The meme is hilarious. Haven’t we all been there?


  2. I fully get what you say in this post. I operate in pretty much the same way. Love the print and it really stands out in that style. Go for the bracelet! Life is short and something pretty can make such a difference on a day that sucks! Lol😄


    1. Alright, SIUB, you and Barbara are bad influences! 😉 Enablers is right!
      Also glad to know I’m not the only one who spends a lot of time “unconsciously considering” before getting down to business.

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    1. Ha, glad you got a laugh!
      You know, I hardly have any red at all in my wardrobe; It’s just not normally a colour I’m drawn to or feel good in. Red shoes, on the other hand — they just seem to work with everything. Those are gladiator style sandals by Fly London I’ve had for years. I wear them a TON and they’re like the Energizer bunny — they keep going and going and going. (I found a picture of them here I’m also currently looking for just the right red pointy-toe pumps.


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