Hello fellow stitchers, I hope you’re all well. I’m back with another seasonably inappropriate garment; the Willamette shirt. 😀 This is my entry for the Indiesew’s #shirtmonth event on Instagram, are you participating? I have been so inspired by all the entries. I should have another shirt done this month, am currently testing the fit, so fingers crossed it’ll be ready before the end of this month.
THE WILLAMETTE is a casual boxy dolman popover shirt in three views. View A features a shirt tail hem and view B puts a twist on it with a waist seam for fun colorblocking opportunities. View C is a cropped shirt, perfect for pairing with high-waisted jeans. All three views have easy faced plackets, a one-piece collar, back yoke, and back pleat. Options include a button in the placket for increased modesty, shirt cuffs or cap sleeves, and chest pockets.
I first knew of this pattern when Indiesew announced this year’s #shirtmonth. I have been wanting boxy tops, and I actually had a few patterns in mind to try but the Willamette was love at first sight for me. I love both the cropped and curved hem versions. I think it’s so stylish yet casual.
I purchased the pattern from Indiesew, I thought because it was them who introduced me to this pattern and I had the intention of participating in their event anyway, why not buy from them? I just love their website, they offer (indie, of course!) patterns as well as beautiful fabrics! Also they provide sewing tutorials on their blog, just amazing!
There are 28 pages to print for the pattern, I didn’t bother printing the instructions. Each step of the instructions is accompanied by digital illustration, and the instructions themselves are so clear and so easy to follow. But what I love the most about this pattern is that it was designed with so much care. I mean, the designer thought about how the sewist/maker would want the garment to look on the inside too, not just the outside. I feel that she truly put so much love and care into making this pattern.
The fabrics recommended for this pattern are lightweight woven ones such as rayon/viscose, gauze, lawn, shirting, and voile. I went with viscose as I love the drape and the feel. The fabric I used is from See You at Six called Strokes in aqua. I purchased 2 metres of the fabric from Material Girl Laura (UK-based online fabric shop), and it was more than enough to make the shirt.
At first I was a bit unsure about the colour, I’d never worn any garments in this colour but I think it’s grown on me now. To be perfectly honest with you, I actually prefer the feel and quality of See You at Six viscose to Atelier Brunette’s. The SYaS viscose I think is woven more densely (creating a fabric that I feel is stronger and more opaque) and it is not as slippery as AB’s. I do however adore Atelier Brunette’s designs! Totally up my street. I love their modern prints and choice of colours.
The sewing process.
I went with view A with one button closure. I made size 10 (my measurements are 38-31-39). As I said, the instructions for this pattern are well thought-out and clear. If you love clean finish on your garments, this pattern will not let you down. Side seams are finished with french seam, the yoke and facing are done using the burrito method (I love this!), the cuffs nicely enclose the sleeves’ raw edges… oh sooo neat! If you were to wear this inside out it’d be just as pretty. 😉
The only thing to be mindful of I think is the seam allowances, as they are not all 5/8″ like most garments I’ve sewn. You can find the different seam allowances within the instructions. I had to remind myself a few times to read and check each step carefully. But other than that, no fault.
It took me about 15 hours to finish the garment, mainly because I was being extra careful as I didn’t want to ruin the (precious) fabric and also I got the SA wrong a couple of times, ha!
I only did one change to this pattern; I shortened it by 1.5″. I didn’t want to change anything else as I love the original view A anyway. I also want to try the cropped version and maybe hack it into a dress.
The fit of this top is nice and loose, the perfect Summer garment for me. The shoulder seams sit right, and the dolman sleeves made it even easier to fit. I did put a button on this shirt but I could easily get away without, I don’t need to unbutton to pop it on and take it off.
Another thing I love about this top is the notched collar. Oh so pretty and easy to sew.
I am thinking of pairing this top with maybe a pair of Dawn or Ash jeans in the Summer. Although I imagine a maxi skirt in ponte roma would be lovely with this too!
Absolutely! This is such an amazing pattern; well-drafted and with well thought-out instructions. If you want to make a shirt without faffing about with (many) buttonholes and collar stand, I’d recommend this pattern whole-heartedly.
So, that’s my (first) entry for the #shirtmonth. Hope you enjoyed and found this review helpful. Thank you so much for spending a bit of your time with me today, have a fantastic weekend and week ahead, I’ll see you again next week.