Windowpane shirting is always fun to use and sew and when I saw this one on Mood Fabrics’s site I knew I had to make something with it.
This Italian Orchid Windowpane shirting is sold out but Mood Fabrics’ has a gorgeous blue one available and it would make a gorgeous garment. Also, several other pretty cotton wovens that would be perfect for summer sewing.
I saw this idea on a RTW site and really wanted to make a top like it, the boho look with dramatic sleeves and a touch of embroidery. I used the Roscoe Blouse by True Bias for my pattern and changed the sleeves. First thing was to decide where to add the seam for the fuller part of the sleeve. I went with about 4 inches from the underarm seam. For the fullness of the lower seam, I really just went with the amount of fabric width I had to cut two lower sleeves.
I did add some embroidery to the lower sleeve, using my software. The stripe in the windowpane is grey and I went with a grey color. I did do a test with white thread but you could not see the design.
This fabric was a dream to sew and press and the color is gorgeous and actually a color I don’t have at all in my wardrobe.
I was thinking about some ribbon with a decorative stitch just above the sleeve seam. I could not find a ribbon that I liked so I went with decorative stitch. I just wanted to have something more to enhance the embroidery. I did find a stitch the mirrored an element from the embroidery
It always seems I need to make one or two long sleeve blouses for summer, the air conditioning at work or date night is just too chilly. The orchid color of this fabric, the style and the embroidery just says summer to me.
This pattern is easy to sew and I have made it a few times. Do note it is very oversized, which I do not like that much extra garment. I made this in a size 4 with tapering at the waist for a bit of definition. The top is 2 inches shorter than the pattern, which was done for the dramatic sleeves. I just felt like I did not need all that extra length with the statement sleeves.
This was a fun project and one that I need to do more often, take a basic pattern and make some changes. These changes with a fabulous fabric makes it such a fun garment, that is why we sew, right? Use our tastes and styles to create garments that are just us.