This is a button front, tie collared shirt with (well done) poofy sleeves. The sleeves are my favorite part of the design, pleating the fabric and then letting it out in cuffed bells. The silk is a animal print habotai from Fabric.com that Lee commented as a bit old lady looking (I don't agree, but still have yet to wear this.) If ever a shirt was going to be called a blouse (I never call my shirts blouses), this would be it. It's very feminine and floaty. I could see making this again in a dotted swiss or a lawn, but the feel would be very different... the shape would be very exaggerated.
I love the fabric, but I hesitate to sew with it again. I sandwiched it between two sheets of tissue paper before cutting, which helped keep the fabric from sliding around as I cut. But sewing it was another issue. The sandwiching was not perfect, so I was just off-grain enough that the fabric not just slid all over the place, but stretched and pulled in strange ways as I sewed. As always, my iron is my best friend and without it I would have thrown this out the window. But because of the slight off grain cut, the shirt only sits well on me if I am standing still with perfect posture. The fabric doesn't have much give and I can feel it twisting a little when I move.
|Despite the face I am making, I am quite happy with how this shirt turned out.|
|The back is shaped with darts. And the fabric pulls a little strangely on my shoulders if I don't stand up straight.|
|And a close up of the sleeve. I love how the pleating pulled the animal print together in blocks of color and print.|