The Sewing Workshop Liberty Shirt
Posted on Tuesday the 6th August 2019 by Sewing Angela
Lucky for me this post uses both.
Chambray is perfect for a summer shirt , it is light and breezy but above all it is very easy to sew and I enjoy working with it.
The pattern is from one of my favourite pattern companies The Sewing Workshop. The pattern I am using is the Liberty Shirt Pattern
which has diagonal side seams. the deep hems have mitred corners.
All the measurements are given on the back of the pattern envelope. I chose size small which fits me perfectly with no adjustments
The secret to making this shirt easily and quickly is to transfer every pattern marking on the tissue paper onto the fabric.
also make a mark on the wrong side of each piece, within the seam line so that you can easily tell the right side of the fabric from the wrong. This prevents wasting time when putting the shirt together
The pattern allows for personal choice in deciding whether to use interfacing or not. I personally feel that any shirt needs a bit of structure and so I used a lightweight fusible interfacing on the front and back facings and on the collar.
There is a lot of measuring of hems to do, and you will need your favourite measuring tool and a dressmakers pencil which I used to make tiny dots for example at the top of the buttonholes.You also need a point turner.
The pattern contains the best and easiest instructions I have ever seen for sewing a mitred corner, and I am certainly going to use them again. they add a professional touch to the garment.
The hems are beautiful and again the instructions are clear and concise.
To facilitate even top stitching I attached a piece of paper tape to my sewing machine and used it as a guide, moving it if I wanted to change the position at all. this made the process so very simple.
I always used to find searching out matching buttons a nightmare. then I discovered self cover buttons, and was converted instantly. They come in different sizes and if you have one of these button making tools they are made in a flash. One tip for you is to use fray check on the fabric before you attach the back of the button. you can also use a bit on your buttonholes - great if you have fabric which frays.
This pattern is suitable for a confident beginner upwards. In it you will learn how to master french seams, top stitching and buttonholes.
It is a fabulous wearable shirt which will take you anywhere.
The collar can be worn in different ways. I quite like it as a stand collar.
You can wear it with the collar turned down, with the top button fastened or not.
The sleeves look great too, with their deep hems and vents.
As I said at the beginning of the post, this shirt is the perfect combination of fabric and pattern . I can always tell when I love something as I don't take it off after I have done the photographs. Guess what? several hours later and I am still wearing it.
Thank you to Minerva for this brilliant addition to my wardrobe. Do make one yourself - I just know you will love it too.