Seriously...too gorgeous for words, this showstopping
shirt is designed for sheer, semisheer and lightweight
knit or woven fabrics with lots of drape...think bamboo,
rayon, modal or silk jersey for the knits and try crepe,
rayon challis, washed voile & floppy gauze for your
The wrong side of the fabric will show on the front of the shirt!
Semi-fitted shirt has a simple collar, front & back yokes
and a wrapped & draped front which closes with a
concealed button placket. Shirt is longer at the back,
and features side slits for ease of wear, plus long
shirt-style sleeves with a placket & two button cuff.
This one will be totally stunning in stripes (of course!)
but will be just as fabulous in chic solids or funky prints.
Wear your beautiful shirt tucked into a slim pencil skirt
for an elegant look; channel your inner Fashion Editor
with the front tucked in and the back left loose over skinny
jeans, or create a modern casual outfit with the shirt
worn loose over a straight-cut pant.
For sizes 6-8-10-12-14-16 you’ll need around 2 1/2 yards
or 228cm of fabric.
For sizes 18-20-22-24-26 you’ll need
around 2 3/4 yards or 250cm of fabric.
You’ll also need about 1/4 yard/ 23 cm fusible interfacing for
the cuffs, collar & front facings, plus 5 x 3/8”/1cm diameter
buttons; all fabric amounts are for 60”/150cm wide fabric.
Don’t forget...you can use a knit OR a woven fabric for this one,
as long as your fabric is drape-y!
Posted by GrammaMikki on 3rd Nov 2013
Be sure to notice the design will show the underside of the fabric on half of the front. Other than that, I love how this shirt just floats around me and moves beautifully. I used a print chiffon for the shirt which worked perfectly. I plan to make another shirt using a jersey knit.
Posted by BarbaraV on 24th Jul 2013
I really like the floatly, soft and flowing front and back sections anchored by the straight, classic sleeves and cuffs. I love that it is sheer and can be worn as an over blouse.
The detailed sizing chart was most helpful in determining what size to cut out. Trudy further describes in the video how to make additional bust and length adjustments.
I used silk georgette which fit the fabric suggestion of both float-y and a print that shows equally on both sides. I used a method of stabilizing the sheer fabric for easier handling by pre-treating it in a clear gelatin solution and after construction, rinsing and releasing the gelatin. The process gave the fabric enough firmness for easy handling. The method and ingredients are described here: http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/27608/firming-up-fabrics-with-gelatine/ A ready-made product that one can buy for stabilizing sheer fabrics is PerfectSew by Palmer/Pletsch.
Minor changes that I made along the way to suit my preferences are as follows:
-I used self fabric for interfacings.
-I faced the entire front and back yokes enclosing the shoulder and yoke seams.
-I reversed the front twist crossing making the right cross over the left – just my preference, it looks great both ways.
-I used a snap fastener instead of concealed button in front facing.
I was intrigued with the style and process of construction and found the video to be most helpful in completing each step.
I recommend you try this one! It would be so pretty in a solid and of course that beautiful large stripe as shown on the pattern. I agree with Trudy. “It is a popular and very wearable style”…..certainly one that I will enjoy wearing. What a great pattern!