I am sort-of on track on my Burda pledge this year, though not managing to make things in the same month as the magazine. This shirt is from the April 2017 issue, pattern 111A.
Its a short-sleeved, oversized shirt with a single-layer yoke, mandarin collar and narrow button band. I was looking for the perfect summer top and gave it a go – I was quite surprised at how much I loved my version of this one, so swiftly made another and have some more planned.
My first version is in a white chambray, constructed as per the pattern minus the sleeve bands. My fabric is quite a beefy cotton and I thought they might stick out a bit, so left them off.
The collar and how it finishes before the button band is an interesting feature (though quite fiddly to sew).
I used some lovely jade buttons that my family brought me back from a trip to Thailand and had fun deciding how to attach them as they’re single-hole buttons.
I really like the fit of this shirt, I think it is relaxed and oversized without being shapeless. The bodice is shaped with two pleats where the shoulder seam meets the yoke.
I made the next version very swiftly after, just in time to take on holiday where I wanted to wear it almost every day. This time I used this absolutely brilliant printed cotton lawn from Liberty called Birds of Paradise – there are turquoise flamingoes, toucans, parrots and pineapples amongst others.
This print makes me so happy, as you can see…
I changed the collar slightly for this one as I thought the original collar was quite distinctive. I just extended the collar piece to finish at the edge of the button band, as per normal shirts.
This one went together very quickly. After much deliberation of which colour to pick out with the buttons, I used some lovely pink mother of pearl buttons from my aunt’s mother’s button box – I use buttons from here all the time, it’s a treasure trove.
I finished the seam allowances on both shirts on my overlocker.
The Liberty one fits slightly differently because the cotton lawn is finer than the chambray.
I love these shirts and have plans to make one in a polka dot burgundy cotton, a cobalt blue Burmese cotton, maybe a bright green linen…
The shorts in these photos are the Sewaholic Thurlow shorts in a navy bengaline, which is another brilliant pattern.
Next time, a twirly gingham Vogue 9182 dress.