Its Amanda (@amanda_isewalot) and here I am back on the Sewisfaction Blog with a new post for you.
Once again when asked to do a post I was completely undecided on which fabric to choose as Sheona has so many amazing options at the moment. I have found recently that I have been struggling with solid colour options to go with the prints in my wardrobe so I steered more towards the plains when making my choice.
Now if you have been following me for a while or seen some of my previous Sewisfaction blog posts you will know that I love to sew shirts and shirt dresses. I have made a couple in the past for my blog posts namely the Sew Over It Libby and also the Papercut Patterns Meissa Blouse.
I know some people find shirts a little daunting but I love sewing them. I find the process of working through the steps quite therapeutic. Also once you have made a couple and mastered the burrito method and attaching a collar the construction in generally the same and it is just perfecting your method to get it as neat as possible.
This time I have made the Closet Case Patterns Kalle shirt. I have had this pattern for at least a year maybe even longer and I’m not sure what it was that stopped me making it before because I am so glad I did.
I have used a 4oz soft washed denim in the indigo colourway. I have used Sheona’s soft washed denim before in a lighter colour and knew that it would be the perfect weight for this shirt. I love sewing with denim as it is so stable, does exactly what you want it to and presses really well.
I went for the cropped version of the pattern which, as you can see, has a lower hemline at the back and is very cropped at the front. I have to admit I was a little unsure as to whether I would like this style but now its finished I am glad I didn’t level the hems as I had intended as I think it definitely adds interest.
I also went for the standard collar and the hidden button placket. I haven’t sewn a hidden placket before so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity and I have to admit I really love this feature. I sized down and made a size 0 as the finished measurements showed the shirt was very oversized my measurements are B33”, W25” and H26.5”. I think the fit is just right.
I had a couple of issues whilst sewing this shirt. Firstly the instructions for the hidden placket were a little sparse and I am still not sure that I have sewn it correctly. I now realise there is a sewalong on the Closet Case website for this placket and I would strongly advise you use this if you haven’t sewn one before. The other area which was a little tricky was the hem where the front and back facings meet. This was not difficult but just a little tricky to get the finish right.
All in all I really enjoyed sewing this shirt and I was right the fabric was perfect and the indigo colorway is definitely a great option for the cooler months. I think this shirt is also great as a layering piece as you can wear it over vest tops and polo necks as the weather gets cooler.
Anyway, that’s enough from me.
Happy sewing and until next time.