Gilbert Top No Front Tie Hack

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Cropped Gilbert with no Tie

We have been so thankful for the great response to the Gilbert Top so far and all the fun versions you have made! You can see more on Instagram using the hashtag #GilbertTop. I love that so many of you have enjoyed sewing this top as much as I do! It really is such a fun make.

Gilbert Top No Front Tie Hack
Cropped shirt pattern. Gilbert Top with No Front Tie

Today I want to share a simple Gilbert pattern hack with you – leaving off the front tie! View A of Gilbert is slightly cropped and features a front tie. View B is longer and has no tie. We can combine these views to achieve a cropped shirt pattern with no tie very easily. I really like this look and it pairs great with mid-high rise garments. I’m wearing mine with my beloved Persephone Pants (pattern from Anna Allen Clothing) You can even do the ‘French tuck’ with this length and it works really well.

Gilbert Top Flat Illustration. Combine both views to create a cropped shirt pattern with no front tie.

This Gilbert is made from a lightweight cotton ikat from Blackbird Fabrics a while back. It is the perfect weight for a summer Gilbert and I love the orange colour with the subtle striped pattern. I have been saving this print for some time and I knew it would be great for this cropped shirt pattern hack.!

Cropped shirt pattern hack.

How to make a cropped Gilbert Top with no front tie

When you cut out your pattern, cut along the view A lines and cut straight to the center front and do not cut the tie. You can also fold the tie out of the way if you have already cut out the tie-front version.

Technical illustration, how to remove the tie from the Gilbert Top.

You need to lengthen the front facing to extend down to the hem of the shirt. Simply lay the facing on top of the new shirt front to determine how much to lengthen.

Technical illustration, how to lengthen the Gilbert Top facing.

Then, follow the instructions for view B when it comes time to sew the front facing and hem. You can choose whichever sleeve option you like best!

Cropped Gilbert Top in orange cotton fabric.
Gilbert Top with deepened sleeve hem, close up.

Another slight modification we made for this version was to sew the sleeve with a deeper (2″) hem. You can choose to turn the Gilbert sleeve under as much or as a little as you like because the arm seam is straight. We love that it is so easy to adjust!

Tucked in cropped shirt. Gilbert Top sewing pattern from Helen's Closet.

I also wanted to show how the Gilbert top looks when buttoned up a little higher. You get to decide how many buttons and where they go! I have pinned mine (see pics below) to show you a couple of looks. You can button it all the way up if you like, but this camp collar style looks best when a little bit is left loose to fold down (in our opinion).

Gilbert Top with additional button.
Gilbert Top with two additional buttons.

That’s all there is to this simple hack. Let us know what other modifications you may be interested in for this pattern! Happy sewing!

Cropped Gilbert shirt pattern with no front tie.
About the author


Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.

8 Comments on “Cropped Gilbert with no Tie”

  1. Thank you for this hack! I had could wear a shirt tied at my waist when I younger, but not any longer. With the squared off hem, I could wear this a ton! I also just wanted to pass along the reaction I had to your photos — maybe it’s just that I’ve had a stressful day, but you look so calm, strong, relaxed and natural that I found myself going back and looking at the pictures again and again. You’re a great model, and – by the way – love the fabric and stitching on the pants. Thanks for posting!

  2. I love your Gilbert Top! I made the View A version first and I find it a bit short for me (I’m OLD!) so the second time I made it, I did the Sleeveless Hack but lengthened the body of the shirt by 2″. Loved the hack; so easy to follow. I think I may never wear another shirt as camp shirts have always been a fav. Love your modeling photos with the Gilbert hack today. You look amazing.

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad you like the pattern! Great idea to lengthen it to suit your style, its easy to do with Gilbert, even all the way to a dress length!

  3. I’m thinking I could use this hack, as well as, lengthen it and also ignore the darts to make one for my husband. Is there any reason why you think this won’t work? I know there are other men’s camp collar shirts. But, it’s hard to find instructions and drafting as good as yours.

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