I have several of Hubby's shirts in my stash cupboard. For one reason or another he has not work the for years. This one is a Ben Sherman shirt made of beautiful fabric. Too good to waste.
I bought two beautiful pieces of fabric in Paris and do not want to cut into them until I am sure that the style and fit are exactly what I want, so I consider this a toile which I can also wear. I'm pleased with the result and will now make it up in white linen without the front opening, but with two patch pockets.
This is the fabric up close. You can see why I love it.
The first step was the hardest. I had to steal myself to cut into the shirt.
Collar off Sleeves off.
Laying out the pieces and deciding how to use them.
I decided to use the sleeve hems rather than unpick them and then hem them again.
It's hard to see it, but I used the buttons and buttonholes for the front of my shirt. (Why re-invent the wheel?)
I stitched the sleeves using French seams to avoid a messy finish at the bottom.
You can see the gentle gathering at the head of the sleeves. Two rows of stitching ensure that the sleeves will go into the armholes evenly.
My friend, Sue, modelling the shirt for me. She preferred it worn like a short sleeved jacket.
A close up of Sue wearing the blouse. I nearly gave it to her.
Sue show the blouse buttoned up.