A number of years ago, I focussed my sewing on wardrobe builders; items which are considered basics and which will mix and match not only with each other, but also with what I already had in my closet. I did this for a year and really built up a solid wardrobe of very wearable items.
Since then, I have indulged in prints and colours and all sorts of lovely additions, however I am finding the need for a booster shot to the essential layering pieces.
I have made this shirt before using view A and a madras style seersucker fabric. You can see that post here. Although I wasn’t terribly pleased with the end result, the pattern was not the issue.
What I liked about the pattern both then and now is the fitting and the inherent collar. Six darts to fit the back; one at each shoulder and four in the torso as well as six to fit the front. Classic bust darts and four on each side of the abdomen make fitting this so easy no matter your body type.
All those details ensure that this is not just a female sized version of a men’s shirt. It is tailored to cut and curve and flatter – hallelujah! Palmer/Pletsch has truly done a great job with this pattern.
The first time I made this shirt, I did the sleeveless View A. This version was done using View B which has a three quarter sleeve. I used a heavier weight blend of 97% cotton, 3% lycra bought from my local Fabricland. It has a crisp, firm hand, is not at all see through and the little bit of lycra gives it some widthwise stretch. I saw the same fabric in red, fuscia and black that I’ll buy the next time I am there.
The best thing about wardrobe builders is their versatility. I can wear this on its own:
…or layered with a belt and jacket. Like so:
And again, I love this collar and the way that Palmer/Pletsch uses the turn of cloth rather than separate pieces. Just another feminine touch.
I will absolutely be making this again in black in the next few weeks.
Bye for now,