I've been drooling over various shirt makes on Instagram and Bloglovin for a few months now, but rather than rush out and buy every pattern I loved, I decided to invest in just one that I could use for several different looks.
I just adore the Wenona from Named Clothing, it comes as a shirt/dress pattern already with an option to add a pleat detail. It's a loose fit that's super comfy and looks great cinched in at the waist with a belt. I've been looking for a RTW denim shirt dress since before I started sewing, so I thought this was finally the perfect opportunity to make my own.
The pattern comes on one big sheet that means you have to trace the pieces and add seam allowances before cutting out. It's probably a good thing as I'm usually super lazy and cut out my pattern pieces when I shouldn't but even so...I did resent it a little.
The instructions are pretty clear and easy to follow. It says you should always match up the pattern pieces edge to edge, but I found I had a fair bit of extra length when sewing the sleeve panel to the back so I lined up the edge minus the seam allowances and it worked just fine. I also found the sleeve vent to be really long, so I haven't sorted out the buttons on the cuffs just yet, I think i'll need to add a button or two along the vent also. This was also my first time doing a shirt with a collar and collar stand and the instructions were so helpful I didn't even need to Google like usual! The fabric I used is a mid-weight, soft blue denim from Fabrics Galore.
My favourite thing about this pattern is the point at the back of the collar with the button, and also the sleeve panel, a perfect opportunity for colour blocking.
I've already made another version of the Wenona that will be appearing on the blog soon, and I've already got plans for at least two more in the next month or so.
I've decided this will be my pattern for One Week One Pattern in September!