Things have been a bit quiet on the blogging front at the moment i'm afraid...due to a pretty big upheaval in the Makes household. We've moved! It had been on the cards for a while, but still nothing quite prepares you for the stress and amount of time it takes to pack up your life and transport it across the country.
This wasn't a 'just-down-the-road' move, no we've upped sticks entirely and moved back to our home county of Somerset. Which I was gleefully told by my mother is now quite a 'trendy' place to live. We wanted a less stressful way of life, and to be able to afford to live in more than a shoebox. Although London has many perks...those aren't some of them.
Anyway, what I have to share with you today is actually a make I did around 9 months ago, so I shall have to see what I can remember about it! This shirt is probably up there with one of my most worn makes, as it's a firm favourite of both mine and Mr-soon-to-be-Makes.
I bought the Wenona shirt pattern from Named Patterns, as I had been hankering after a shirt dress for years. It fitted the bill and was a very versatile pattern, with a shirt and dress version, and the option to include pleats. It's the first Named pattern I've used, and although I found tracing out the pieces to be a pain, the instructions are precise and straightforward.
My shirt dress was a great success, so I immediately began thinking of other versions I could make. I love sleeveless shirts in the summer as they can easily be dressed up or down so decided to make the next one without sleeves. I decided to include the pleats too, and although it took me rather a long time (and several bits of scrap paper) to work out how they had to be folded, I'm pleased with the result.
The Wenona is quite a loose fitting shirt, even after using a smaller size on the recommendation of another blogger. For my first denim dress, it worked perfectly with a belt to pull it in at the waist. However the white sleeveless version feels rather too baggy and occasionally unflattering as I made no alterations. When it came to my second sleeveless version in a blue and white check, I took in a couple of inches of fabric at the side seams. I also cut some fabric out from around the armholes to give it more of a intended sleeveless shape, rather than just looking like I had just forgotten to stitch them in....!
This version feels much more stylish and flattering, and goes well with skinny jeans, or with a full skirt like the Hollyburn. Mr soon-to-be-Makes even refers to it as my 'Audrey' shirt as he thinks it has quite a 50's feel to it. My favourite things about this pattern have to be the collar point at the back and the little pleat. This certainly won't be my last version....