Liberty shirt: Built by Wendy

Fancy seeing a recent make that I teased you with a while ago?

Liberty fabric given to me by my fab sons for my birthday has been realised & is now a wondrous button down shirt in glorious pinkness & with a dusting of rick rack. Oh, people, it’s a resounding success.

Liberty shirtSo originally I had thought this fabric could have been an Elisalex dress & it waited & waited for me to make my first. The very making of the Elisalex took such a long time that in that prolonged spell of stash inhabitation, this fabric decided to become a button down shirt. Perfect, I thought, I’ll get lots more wear out of a shirt plus, since I am planning to make a few shirts as gifts, I can stretch my shirt making muscles & practice on myself. (Always a good excuse for selfish sewing, people, if you need an excuse!).

Liberty shirtThis shirt is all about the fabric, being Liberty & from Sewbox (A great service, helping my sons to arrange the best present for me). The pattern I therefore chose was a simple classic style from the Built by Wendy Sew U book. (This book has such great basics – I’ve made the skirt, trousers and now the shirt). Each basic comes with design suggestions for customising. The shirt, for instance comes with different pocket shapes with the potential for a yoked yee ha western style shirt (one day, I promise!).

Liberty shirtI always love a yoked shirt, but decided this was to be an ultra plain style with a slightly rounded collar.

Liberty shirt

Playing with ideas in my head & checking the BBW inspiration, I saw the opportunity to add rick rack to the button band, which I thought was still in keeping with a plain styled shirt, but allowed just a teensy bit of scruffybadgerism in the way of those zigga zig aaahs.

BBW shirtThe pattern was interesting in that it didn’t have a separate piece for a buttonband, but the front facing which I just attached to the front of the shirt instead of the inside – it gives the effect of a button band but somehow is simpler.

BBW shirt facingIt’s got front & back darts for a nice bit of shaping.

Liberty shirt backContinuous laps at the sleeves.

Continuous lapsAll nice satisfying details that shirt making entails.

BBW Liberty shirtOne thing I remember about making this up – the fit of the collar stand to the neckline was a real instance of having to accommodate massive amounts of easing to fit, but it’s worked out OK. It took a few attempts as I wasn’t going to allow the slightest of puckering on this gifted shirt.

Liberty BBW shirt

I french seamed everywhere, including the sleeve seams. The sleeves incidentally went in a treat flat, & then I sewed the sleeves & side seam in one.

Liberty shirtThis pic shows the shirt being worn with my baggy trousers. To be honest, ever since I’d made these trousers I’d a yearning to make a shirt and this shows me realising my dream. First time I’d worn them to work and they were soooo cosy. I think it helped me get over the the whole self conscious thing for them being so wide as I had a few complements on them! I think they will be a feature of my work wardrobe now. Does that mean more shirts?! Pass. But back to this particular star.

I’ve worn it couple of times now & you forget how lovely it is to feel crisp ironed cotton against the skin. Such a lovely shirt, I feel so glad to have made it into something classic that will get loved everytime I wear it. Thank you my boys xx

38 thoughts on “Liberty shirt: Built by Wendy

  1. Sarah

    Glorious! Look at you, you sassy lady, you! What lovely sons to give you such marvellous fabric. I am delighted to see that you didn’t forget the rick rack πŸ™‚

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Hehehe. Well…..I can make shirts and have done quite a few in the past, but haven’t for a while. I’m planning to make shirts as gifts and *persuaded* myself ( very easily) that I could justify not starting gift sewing yet, as this would be a practice πŸ™‚ !!!!!

  2. Christine Coleman

    Your shirt is beautiful and finished off so professionally! What a nice gift! I think you made a good call sewing this up into a shirt – shirts are so versatile and classic! I also have this book but haven’t made any of the patterns yet. Did you find the sizing ok?

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      I found the sizing fine – it seems that the built by wendy patterns all work out reasonably well for me. I’ve made the skirt & trousers & the SewU Home stretch sizing seems to work well for me as well.

  3. Joy

    Lovely, lovey shirt! The fabric is beautiful (of course) and I think it’s perfect you made a shirt – something you can wear frequently and with a variety of bottoms – to get more enjoyment from the fabric.

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