When I was learning to sew, the makes I was always most proud of were my shirts/blouses. I just love all the features - collar stand, collar, cuffs and buttonholes.
This is the first shirt I’ve made as an adult. I wanted something casual, and this gingham is just lovely. It’s a deep indigo navy, but it also looks black. It all depends on the light. It has a lovely texture too.
This pattern has quite a few different designs, so I think I’ll be making a few more in the different variations, in the future. I chose to make the one with the tab sleeves, which allows the sleeves to folds up.
The only adjustment I made to the pattern was:
- shortened the sleeves by 3 1/4 inches
I took out quite a lot of length from the sleeves. The sleeve pattern piece doesn’t have a shorten/lengthen line, so I used the three quarter length as my shorten/lengthen line.
I wanted the cuffs to end above the small rounded bone at my wrists, but traditionally shirt sleeves should end nearer your hand. So, this is for my own taste, but aesthetically it does look a bit short. Next time, I’ll just remove 2 inches from the length.
Whenever I’m wearing long sleeves, I’m always pushing them up, so I’m going to be using the sleeve tabs, which looks good. (My favourite sleeve length is 3/4.)
I looked all over the envelope and instructions for the finished garment measurements, eventually finding it just on the front piece. There’s a lot of ease - 4 inches at the bust, so I decided to go down a size and traced off the size 8.
I usually do a tissue fit. It gives me a reasonable idea.
I spent a bit of time laying out - trying to get at least the horizontal pattern to match on the side seams. It isn’t perfect - one side is better than the other. I didn’t worry too much about the vertical pattern matching. I cut each of the pieces singularly.
I normally use sew in interfacing or self fabric, but for this shirt - I used fusible interfacing. I wanted the collar and collar stand to look sharp and crisp. I’m pleased with how they turned out.
The hem is curved, which gives a lovely soft shape.
I’m going to keep an eye out for fabrics that I can use to make more versions of this shirt pattern.
I’m so happy with how this shirt turned out - it’s practical but also looks very classic and smart.