I'm no master sewer by any stretch of the imagination, but I can look at most basic garments and have a general idea of how they go together. Not so with this shirt, though. The construction of it had me scratching my head until I was able to go through the instructions and see how all the parts go together to make that fabulous little front detail. So simple and so ingenious! As if we would expect anything less from Liesl, right?
The pattern is the Weekend Getaway Blouse from Liesl and Company and it was released quite a while ago but I just got around to buying it from Pink Chalk Fabrics thanks to a birthday gift card from my sister (thanks, Debbie!). The fabric is a Tina Givens voile from the Pagoda Lullaby line and in making this shirt it was saved from the wreckage of a failed project. A couple months ago I attempted to make a kimono based off of this tutorial and let's just say that I looked nowhere near as cute as she did in her kimono when all was said and done. The only redeeming thing about the project was that it called for pretty large fabric pieces so it was easy to reuse the fabric after making peace with my disappointment.
As for pattern itself, I cut out a straight size 2 based on the size recommendations and I didn't make any modifications to the pattern. Next time around I'll probably add some length because I prefer shirts on the longer side and I'll probably curve the hem a bit just because I usually wear my shirts untucked and I like the look of a curved hem better. That's just me being picky though, because as it is right now it's perfectly wearable and perfectly lovely. The pattern is so simple to put together that I'm imagining it in all sort of other sumptuous fabrics...like silk! Sewing with silk kind of scares the heck out of me, but I figure that this should be a pretty easy pattern to try out my non-existent silk sewing skills on. Wish me luck!
|And here it is untucked just in case you were wondering about the length|