Art Gallery invited me to share a project using Sew Caroline’s Happy home collection. This collection is inspired by friends and family. Loving hearts, swirling typography and many more are sweetly colored with spruce greens, mood indigos, peach buds and crystal roses. I choose “to live by peace” as I immediately imagined a Moschino inspired outfit. I have been using Art Gallery fabric forever so I’m actually really excited to collaborate with them. I received 2 fabrics of my choice, each of 2 metres to play. Plenty right?
Well, when you are 6 ft tall & you want to lengthen a shirt pattern while keeping the longs sleeves…
You get the picture right? After some fabric gymnastics only the back facing is cut using white cotton fabric.
Deer & Doe Bruyere: Button-up shirt with long sleeves, cinched at the waist, tunic length. Flat collar, gathered sleeve cuffs and back yoke. Currently my favourite shirt pattern. I found this pattern easy and a really enjoyable SEW. I did follow the instructions to the letter and I love the result.
The instructions are brief; mixture of text and illustrations. The pattern has a neat finishing and you can sew all in french seam (which I did). If you have made shirts before you will find some constructions differences from traditional shirt patterns. For example, the collar it is only one-piece finished facing.
The sleeve placket is only one piece (similar to the Dakota dress) and the button placket gets sandwiched with the collar and facing. All so neat and awesome. I would say this is an intermediate pattern.
My first ‘button’ choice, black and white stripe shirt buttons were so tiny it would have require me to sew 27 buttonholes. No, thank you! I chickened out and found larger ones making a total of 17. The one at the collar has a heart shape (also inspired by Moschino)
Alterations:Lowered the darts position and lengthened the pattern.
You can see in the schematics where I lengthen the pattern. The bodice was lengthen by a total of 6 cm and the skirt by 10 cm. The button placket was lengthen to match. The sleeve was lengthen by 3 cm. The overall body length is still too short as a dress but perfect for leggings. I can imagine wearing this shirt nicely into Autumn/Winter. The fit is spot on. The alterations were simple but really turned the bruyere shirt into a TNT pattern from now on.
I’m completely in love by shirt making and plan to sew loads more after a few commitments. Haven’t you heard? I’m co-hosting a Sew along.
If you enjoyed this make you will like my Tyler Shirt. Do you have a favourite shirt pattern?