This is a versatile shirt with a trapeze silhouette. Design elements include: a traditional shirt collar with stand; hidden front-button placket; deep back yoke; semicircular lower back section; curved hemline that is lower at the back than the front; a self-fabric belt; and cuffed sleeves with curved seams at the elbow, which create a lantern silhouette. The sewing instructions are easy to follow with enough match points to ensure accuracy and ease of assembly. This design offers opportunities to make it your own. Combine sheer fabrics with solids or larger with smaller scale prints. Play with combinations for the lower sleeve and back yoke pieces. The front and back sections are large enough blank canvases to add embroidery or iron-on crystals. Possible areas to add beading and trims are on the front placket, cuffs, and back yoke. Our seamstress says:
- Be careful when cutting, as the printed cutting line styles are not the same on each pattern piece.
- Make a muslin before cutting your fashion fabric, as there is a lot of ease in this pattern.
Recommended fabrics are cotton shirting, linen, and poplin. In addition, lace, cut velvet, silk satin, voile, lawn, and lightweight denim are suitable. In a fancier fabric, the shirt works as a jacket over a slip dress or with a camisole and slim pants.
(Sized Misses’ XS–XL [4–22] for busts 29.5–44 in.)
—Tested by Johanna Mramor, Surrey, British Columbia
Sewing tip: Before topstitching the collar stand and cuffs, secure their facings with fusible web.
This review was originally published in Threads #216, Winter 2021. Have you made this pattern? If so, be sure to share pictures in our Readers Closet gallery.
Illustrations by Cassandra Bernier.