Variation on a Shirt


I’ve been thinking about shirts for spring, and am looking for a slightly more casual take on the classic shirt. I’ve seen some interesting use of contrast out and about from designers, and thought it would be nice to try it. Looking in my fabric closet, I did not seem to have any shirting fabrics that I could see together, so I took some shirting and dyed part of it to create the contrast in the collar, placket, and cuffs.

The pattern is based on Ryuichiro Shimazaki’s shirtmaking book (the one that Peter is working with now), but I made some significant modifications. I cut the front in one piece, with the placket extending halfway down. I added a bust dart, shortened the sleeves, shortened the overall length, and added a barrel cuff. These changes make the shirt much more casual.

barrel cuff

barrel cuff, which is just a short tapered tube with no fasteners

Closeup of placket with the metal buttons.

Closeup of placket with the metal buttons.



triangle at side hem.

triangle at side hem.

inside view of triangle at side hem.

inside view of triangle at side hem.

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  1. Elizabeth
    Posted January 28, 2014 at 2:44 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Love the triangle at the side hem. Great shirt!

  2. Nancy Karpen
    Posted January 28, 2014 at 4:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Really nice Claudine. I’ve got to get some dye and over dye some pieces of fabric that the only problem with is the color.

  3. Posted January 28, 2014 at 9:29 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I love the colour combination. It’s lovely. :-)

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