Liesl & Co Classic Shirt Size 4D. Cotton voile from Joann’s
It’s been a long time since I’ve made a button down shirt! Shirt making requires a lot of patience and a lot of precision sewing, so I took my time and worked only about an hour and a half at each sewing session. After an hour or so, my attention can start to wander, and that’s when I start making mistakes. I’m proud to say this project went very smoothly, even the tower plackets!
The fit of the pattern was good straight out of the envelope. Although I’m a size 6 in Liesl & Co patterns, the D cup added a few inches of ease to the shirt from the bust down, so I cut a size 4. I checked the measurements against one of my favorite ready to wear flannel button down tops and they were close. The fit was kind of boxy for me in the waist area, so I took it in about an inch on each side from the dart down. I didn’t add the pockets and was a bit concerned that the big bust dart would look really obvious, but I was careful to sew it and press it properly, so it doesn’t really show. I wouldn’t omit the pockets if I were sewing it again in a solid fabric. The really large dart is hard to not see in a solid, and the included pockets conveniently cover the dart tips.
The directions for sewing the pattern are excellent, and I really liked the clever yoke technique which is different than the typical burrito method . The tower plackets and two piece collar intructions were also excellent, and the construction went really smoothly. There are separate facing pieces for the collar, and cuffs, a detail I really appreciate as removing that 1/8 inch on the facing pieces creates a nice ‘turn of cloth.’
I don’t think I even used my seam ripper on this project. Crazy, I know. I wish all my projects went this smoothly!
So yes, I totally recommend this pattern. I’d also like to try the Recital shirt pattern, which has a princess line and back darts.