I wore a favorite button-down shirt of mine to my sewing class on Tuesday. I’ve never stopped to consider why this particular shirt is a favorite, I just knew that I liked it. Part way through the class, the instructor walked over and peeked at the back of my shirt.
In explanation she said, “Your shirt fits you really well. I’ve been noticing nice fitted shirts on TV recently, but they all have lacing in the back.” She was curious whether my shirt fit me so nicely because it was laced, but this particular shirt is lace free.
Together we looked at the structure of my shirt. It has princess seams in the front and the back and has shape in the side seam, which we decided made all the difference in the fit.
While making my husband’s shirt in February, I learned a lot about shirt construction and even a bit about making a pattern from an existing shirt (thanks to the Sew-Along Flickr group!). Maybe I should take a crack at making a pattern from this favorite button-down shirt of mine? Maybe it’s time for me to make a shirt for myself? Maybe from this gorgeous shirting? Oh là là!