If you live in the UK then I hope you’ve been making the most of the summer weather we’ve had recently – can you believe it was 30°C in Yorkshire the other week? For my August post I chose to make something equally sunshine-filled: an elephant print shirt!

The fabric I used for my shirt is this Indian elephant print Cotton Poplin Fabric (in navy, but you can also get it in red). 

As soon as I saw the listing for it go up on the Minerva website I knew it was calling out to be used – who doesn’t love a good elephant print? Because it’s a poplin fabric it’s very lightweight and great for summery makes. Alongside a shirt I reckon it’d make a great fit and flare style dress.

The pattern I followed is New Look Pattern 6407 which features cropped-sleeve shirts, short-sleeve shirts, tie sleeves and collar/no collar variations. 

I made view E which has short sleeves and no collar – I thought this style was better suited for warm weather as there’s less fabric around the neck. I say there’s no collar – I actually wear my shirt with the neck band folded down, but you know what I mean.

I’ve made a shirt once before so I was familiar with all of the instructions for making this one. Shirts aren’t the easiest thing to sew as they require a lot of precision and sharp edges but they’re a great ‘slow’ project that you can spend a few weekends making. Whilst I love being able to whip up an outfit in an afternoon, I also quite like the slowness of sewing more complicated projects like this one. It’s quite therapeutic.

As far as the instructions go they’re very clear and in the usual Simplicity style. I didn’t make any pattern adjustments and I think it fits me pretty well! If you’re an advanced beginner or an intermediate sewer then you’ll have no issues. The hardest part was making the neck band and getting it to fit as I was sewing it in. My advice is to carefully measure your seam allowances, otherwise things don’t line up quite right and you’ll get annoyed...

Do you like my finished shirt? I think it’s a great wardrobe staple and it looks fab with dark denim jeans or tucked into a cute denim skirt. Plus the elephant print is a lovely individual-to-me feature!