A well fitted white shirt is an essential piece to any office wear collection. A good shirt is crisp, clean and well fitted.👚✨ But its not easy to get shirt that fits well off the high-street stores; sleeves too long, bust area inappropriately tight for the office, too loose/tight around the waist and fabric sticking out the back are just a few of the problems I have encountered.
The Making Of
I used Burda Style 6954 – Miss Petit to make my sleeveless shirt.
It probably looks like I was trying to make Shirt A but when I bought this pattern I wanted to make Shirt B but sleeves turned out to be massive. It looked like I wearing two lanterns on my arms so I decided to take them off altogether as I struggled a lot with this pattern and was in no mood to alter them after putting in French seams and all. ✂️
I have a love hate relationship with this pattern. I loved it because it was easy to shorten it. It had three lengthening/shortening sections: the bust, above and below the waistline. Although this is a petite pattern I still needed to take 3 inches off. The shirt fits really well and is very flattering as the darts gives a neat shaping to show of the waistline and bust.
I hated this pattern as the instructions were really unclear and difficult to follow. I was struggling to understand them. When I was sewing my collar I used New Look 6266 pattern instructions instead as they are of the same style and I could understand it.🤔
The little pink flowered fabric I used for the collar were left overs so I didn’t have enough to make the collar. So I got creative and only used it for the front and the plain white cotton for the back of the collar.😊
I bought white cotton lawn for the main construction of the shirt. The contrasting collar and bands are made of up-cycled from a failed project which is also cotton lawn.
Cotton lawn is finer than standard cotton with a gentler tough and flow to it. It is a good quality high thread count fabric. I have been total its supposed to be hard wearing too, but I have yet to confirm that.🛠
This shirt cost me ~€15. I have about half meter of each fabric left, but all cut up like the two sleeves. Not sure what I will do with the scraps…🙈
- White Tana Lawn – 100% cotton – €13.50/m
- Little Pink Flower Tana Lawn With Embroidered Fleck – 100% Cotton – €15.00/m
- Buttons from an old sweater
Both from The Cloth Shop @ Dublin