I finished this shirt a month ago right before we went away for Christmas. I LOVE it and have worn it at least once a week since I finished it. It fits perfectly in my wardrobe and goes with almost everything in my wardrobe. I’ve always loved the idea of a white button up shirt. It’s preppy, classic, and versatile. But as I was analyzing my wardrobe and analyzing a white button up shirt, I realized it was a little boring. I think I love the idea of a white button up shirt, but it would end up sitting in my closet. So instead of giving up on the idea I reworked the idea. I love henleys so I thought I would make a white half button up. Once I came up with that idea I knew I would love it.
I had some white linen spandex fabric that I got from Hancock Fabric’s right before they closed down. I don’t remember what I initially wanted to do with it, but I think I wanted to make a Cheyenne with it. I can’t refer you to the fabric but here are two stretch linen fabrics that I found: Stretch Linen White Fabric* and Telio Avellino Stretch Linen White Fabric*. I can’t say anything for these fabrics since I haven’t tried them, but my linen spandex is a medium weight so it is perfectly opaque. (I love not wearing something underneath!)
I decided to combine both views of the Cheyenne tunic* along with the Dressy Talk Woven Tee Pattern that I used for my rayon challis woven tee. That way I would get a half button placket, the collar and long sleeves of the button up shirt, and the fitted fit with darts. I added length to the waist but none to the sleeves. I can tell the sleeve caps needed a little more height, but it still works. I took about four inches total out of the circumference and added a dart.
I think it’s a little tight across my shoulders but the spandex in the fabric makes it quite comfortable. The sleeves are long enough, the collar is perfect, and I love the interest and detail of the half button placket. The hem flips up a little bit which is annoying, but I still wear it a lot. I love wearing it under cardigans or sweaters.
This shirt really turned out perfectly and exactly the way I wanted it to. I think the key to my success was after getting my fabric; I thought about it for awhile before deciding on something. Then I thought about the weight of the fabric, and I planned out my project carefully. Then I used some tried and true patterns to get the fit that I wanted. I sewed slowly and carefully so that I didn’t make any mistakes. I wear it a lot, and it just goes with everything. I feel like I finally made a really successful sewing project that I’ll wear until there’s holes in it.