The Laurel Shirt

I was super excited to be included in the Colette Patterns Laurel Sewing Contest. I made a couple versions of the Laurel myself, and they are among my favorite self-sewn items in my closet. Folks, I gotta' say, this is a pattern you need. I know, you have a million that you haven't even sewn yet. Well, you need a million and one. This pattern is a staple, and it's a wonderful pattern to customize. So here's what I did: This one was my first try- I changed the neckline. I made the front a little lower, and I scooped out the back. I really love a low back. I used this voile fabric, and I really loved how it turned out. The other fabulous thing about this pattern is that it is a great vehicle for showcasing fabric. feather laurel back feather laurel side

Have I mentioned that I hate being my own model?! :/ sigh. This version is done with fabric I've been saving for something special. It's a double gauze by Nani Iro. This time, I didn't add sleeves. The fabric is super lightweight, so it was a great opportunity to make this a summer top. Also, the pattern only includes darts in the back for contouring at the waist, but overall, it's not a fitted shirt. I think this makes it even more of a summer staple. I cut the shirt at the pattern's waist line and added a self-drafted bias peplum. I'm in love with peplums, these days, and the Laurel was a great opportunity to make my own.

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Oh, and let's talk about the chevron-ish effect- I did this by cutting the shirt and peplum on the bias. This may be one of my favorite modifications. I could have matched it up a little better, but I had a small amount of fabric to work with, so I'm happy with it the way it is. :)

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Wanna make your own? Buy the pattern here, or take the class (click the link to see more details)! Our first session will be on Monday. Can't make the dates? Let me know, and we'll find a date that works!

Happy sewing!

xo ~ the Finch