Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Named Wenona shirt


I eyed and eyed the Named Wenona shirt and shirt dress before buying the pattern. I don't know why it took me so long, but I think it was Nikki's version that finally made me click that 'buy' button. That and the fact that my sister requested a floaty, white, summer shirt for Christmas.


Of course, I had to test the pattern before making my sister's shirt. And then I had to test it again because I wanted another one! This was my second version. The first was the shirtdress, that I have yet to photograph. For this shirt, I used a very lightweight cotton that I had bought at an eveningwear designer sale. It was beige with silver writing. Once I had finished the shirt, I decided it needed some more oomph, so I dyed it with Royal Blue Rit dye. I had wanted a darker blue but Spotlight had a very sorry selection of dye colours, so royal blue it was.

This is what the shirt looked like before dyeing:


I much prefer the blue and it makes the silver writing pattern stand out more on the fabric.



To add extra bling to my shimmery shirt, I chose sparkly diamante buttons from Textile Traders. 


The shirt was straightforward and enjoyable to make. The only change I made in this version was to cut two back yoke pieces for a double layer. I was concerned that a single layer of this fine fabric would be a bit flimsy across the upper back. The hardest part for me was attaching the collar stand so it looked neat. I might read up on some tutorials for tricks on getting this perfect.


I opted not to add the front pleats to keep this shirt light and cool. However, I am itching to make another version with pleats and colour blocking.

I love the back collar button detail.


The long strip that runs from the neckline, down the sleeve to the cuff makes setting in the sleeves a breeze. I would like to work out a way to add topstitching to both sides of the strip in future versions.


I also like the curved hemline. I will probably mostly wear it casually tucked in though.


Like this (worn with StyleArc Lola pants):


I'm very happy with this pattern and will definitely be making it again. I wish I had taken photos of my sister's white, beachy version as it gives quite a different look. I will see if she can send me some pictures.

I'm off to swimming lessons with my boys this New Year's Eve and I'll be wearing my new bathers that I just finished! Wishing everyone a safe and happy 2015 xx

20 comments:

  1. Wow, I really love the effect of dyeing the fabric. The writing becomes such a striking feature. The Wenona pattern has such interesting details too. What a great shirt!

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    1. Yes, I really like this shirt pattern and I'm so pleased I've found a good one for many future versions.

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  2. LOVE the effect after dyeing - very nice!

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    1. Thank you. I only thought of it because I was experimenting with dyeing something else and threw a bit of this fabric in for fun!

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  3. That was a stroke of genius to dye the fabric. What a revelation!

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    1. Thanks, yeah, it comes naturally LOL

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  4. I bought this pattern recently. Now I can't wait to try it. Love your version.

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  5. I only wished I looked this good in a shirt! I like the blue way better than the original colour. That button on the back collar is a cool detail. Happy sewing for 2015!

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  6. Love it! Wish I could make shirts. Absolutely love them. Perhaps that could be on of my New Year Resolutions. SSB https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees

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  7. It's darling and what a difference the dying made! I think I must buy this pattern now!

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  8. I was wondering why my blog was going crazy! Then I saw your post and it all made sense, thank you �� I love the effect of the dye over the writing, I bet you wear this one to death. Definite winner!

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  9. The fabric is lovely especially in the blue. I never used to be a shirt wearing person but I have come to love them. They have turned into real workhorses.

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  10. Love love love everything about this shirt. Beautiful details and that fabric has really come to life after dying.

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  11. It's a gorgeous shirt! I love the detail on the collar at the centre back :)

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  12. What size did you make this in? I'm trying to determine what size to make as the finished sizes have incredible amount of ease in them???? I'm a 38" bust...so I'm thinking of making the size 40? But it still shows a HUGE amount of ease everywhere....

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