Linen Shirt

This shirt was made using BurdaStyle pattern Linen Overshirt #104 from the 06/2011 issue.  I used olive green linen and ivory coloured buttons with little flowers on them.  I tried some fancy seam finishes that really turned out to be too bulky for the shirt but were fun to practice.  I did hong kong seams on the longest seams using bias binding made with the same linen fabric, a french seam for the center back and then I resorted back to my beloved serger to attach the arms – so much easier and a nicer finish!  I think the hong kong seams would have turned out much better if I used a thinner fabric.  The linen was far too bulky to do the job but I’ve left it in because it was a lot of work and the casual cut of the shirt hides the bulk pretty well.

I love the dropped shoulder detail – it consists of one pleat and the rest being gathered – a detail I much prefer to the row of pleats I have seen on many similar RTW shirts.  The three quarter length sleeves with a band at the bottom are great because it is the perfect amount of coverage for a chillier summer day.  The only thing that I don’t like about this shirt is that the sleeve bands are quite constricting when pushed up above the elbows as shown in the Burda Style fashion image – I love this look but wearing the shirt this way slowly cuts off the circulation at my elbow throughout the day!

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4 Responses

  1. wrote:

    I love it!!! Beautifully made! :-)

  2. ang wrote:

    Saw your spot on burda and immediately ordered fabric! After strolling through your site, I wanted to thank you for sharing your eye and your sewing experiences. I now have more projects to sew thanks to you!

    • mmmeredith wrote:

      Thank you so much for the thoughtful comment – I’m flattered that my sewing has got you excited to sew :) What’s your burda style profile name? I look forward to seeing your projects!

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