For years now I have been in search of a good, basic, button-down shirt pattern. I even worked rather tirelessly on a custom pattern in a sewing class only to discover I didn’t like the way it fit. So, I am trying again! This time I used a blouse pattern from an old Pochee magazine. I made it as is, but it was too big. I added some darts in the back and took in the sides a little bit. I added front waist darts, but they looked ridiculous, so I removed them. I am mostly happy with the pattern but think I still need to modify it. It has armhole darts, which are supposed to add a little something-something to the boobally challenged, but they do nothing but add weird creases in the fabric, which you can see. So, I think I want to eliminate those darts and have the front be all flat, like my chest. Har har.
So, the fabric! I have a nice stash of the beautiful fabrics by my friend (and amazing designer) Chico Hayasaki, so I used one of those. The fabric is by Kei and is amazing. I don’t know why everyone doesn’t make cotton like this. It is buttery and soft yet crisp at the same time. It is magic!