This Style Arc Blaire Shirt size 8 is for my mother. Recently Style Arc had a 25% discount on their patterns. The Blaire Shirt had caught my eye and with 25% discount it was a very good deal. When you order a Style Arc patterns you get three sizes. I wanted size 4 so with my order size 6 and 8 were included. I want to use this pattern for the Let’s Sti(c)k Together September theme but need to work out some more details. In the meantime I started testing a new Elle Puls pattern. You can see this Thursday what it will be. A generous piece of the fabric was left after testing and was just enough to make a Style Arc Blaire Shirt size 8 for my mother.
Style Arc Blaire Shirt pattern
Style Arc Blaire is a so called two in one pattern. This pattern gives you the option to make a dress or a shirt. You can order a pdf or a paper version. All seam allowances are included. The shirt can be made in two ways: with or without the lower underlay. It has kimono sleeves with an interesting folded back cuff.
My Style Arc Blaire Shirt size 8 version
I skipped the underlay and drafted a new hemline shape. The tab for button and buttonholes is cut together with the front pattern pieces. I made them double so they have no interfacing. The advantage is that with lightweight fabrics like this one the shirt will still hang loose and can move with the body. I’ve used a more heavyweight interfacing for collar and collar stand so they will keep their shape and the collar can also be worn standing up. The red buttons are giving this shirt a nice colourful accent.
Time and Costs
Time: pattern printing, assembling, redrafting hemline and tabs 45 minutes; cutting 30 minutes; basting, stitching and finishing 8 hours
Costs: pattern € 4,09; pattern printing and assembling € 2,50; fabric € 5,00; interfacing € 0,50; yarn € 2,50; buttons € 3,50
My experience Style Arc Blaire Shirt
My mother is very happy with her new blouse. The fabric (bought at Holland Stoffenhuis) is light weighted and soft. This Blaire Shirt is just enough oversized for my mother’s taste and looks great in this short length on her pants. I had no problems while sewing the Blaire shirt together. The instructions are minimal so one must have some sewing experience to sew this shirt together.
Now I must make a start with my sewing plans for the Let’s Sti(c)k Together September theme. If you’re interested to see my version of the new Elle Puls pattern and how my contribution Let’s Sti(c)k Together looks: just take a newsletter subscription. If you use WordPress just like me then you can follow me by clicking on the ‘follow’ icon right below.