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Pattern Review: Deer and Doe Bruyere Shirt D0013

Threads #188, Dec. 2016/Jan. 2017

Style Tip: Consider using multiple fabrics throughout the shirt, à la designer Robert Graham.

This review was originally featured in Threads #188 (December 2016/January 2017).

Deer and Doe: Bruyère Shirt D0013

A thigh-length tunic offers a twist on the classic men’s dress shirt. It has a spread collar, a separate button placket, a self-lined back yoke, and a curved shirttail hem. It can be made sleeveless or with long sleeves with cuffs and an applied placket. The feminine details are bust darts and front and back waist darts on the bodice, and a fitted waistline band, with inverted box pleats below. All the pattern pieces match up well, and the instructions are detailed. The cuff pattern piece indicates to cut two when four are needed, although the cutting layout is correct. Considering the number of pattern pieces, the garment goes together quickly. Our tester recommends paying close attention to the fabric key. The shading on the illustrations is accurate, but it is the reverse of many patterns’ treatment. This is a great look paired with jeans, or with a slim pant or skirt for the office. For a winter blouse, try cozy flannel. For a summer version, choose voile, lawn, eyelet, or lightweight linen.

(Sized European 34-46 for busts 31.5-41 in. and hips 33.75-43.25 in.)

Style Tip: Consider using multiple fabrics throughout the shirt, à la designer Robert Graham.

-Tested by Carla Boissonault, Morris Plains, New Jersey

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