Thursday, June 28, 2018

London Shirt

London shirt with my new cropped Helix pants
I think that my London Shirt from the Sewing Workshop is finished. I'm not certain. Something feels off and I cannot put my finger on it. When I do, I may make some changes.

London shirt with Quincy pants
The London Shirt came out at the same time as the Cottage shirt. I made that one and love it. It may be the difference in the fabric. Mama always said it's all about the fabric. My London shirt is a soft gauzy cotton; my Cottage shirt is a light weight (perfect weight) linen. Both pieces are from Marcy Tilton, I think. Both are gorgeous; both were impulse purchases.

The cotton gauze is a design by Naomi Ito and has an interesting border print, as well as a cool selvage.

From the selvage, Made in Japan is now cool.

The London shirt is tunic length with quite dropped shoulders. I worried a bit about the dropped shoulder line as I saw the inevitable bump in the forearm even on Erin, the gorgeous model at the Sewing Workshop. And it bugs me in my version too.

But I love the rest so maybe I'm fixating on something minor. The collar is a simple rectangle that I interfaced with cotton batiste. The side seams are forward and create an interesting grain in the back side seam. It has a cut similar to TSW's Liberty shirt, an all-time favorite of mine.

Liberty Shirt

London Shirt

The sleeves are fairly plain. I extended mine so that I could roll the sleeves and see the pretty border print of this fabric. I also played with the border print down the front and down the back.

I'm thinking that maybe the buttons overwhelm this a bit. I may try some shell buttons that will perhaps blend better with this super soft fabric.

This super soft fabric does feel great to wear!


  1. I think your new shirt is really pretty. The way you handled the border contrast is sweet!

    I do agree with you, though, about the dropped shoulders. I am disappointed to see TSW following Cutting Line Designs down the "dropped shoulder" path. I think a natural shoulder line is much, much more appropriate to the vast majority of women - one of the reasons we like that Liberty shirt so much!

  2. Oh, my gosh...that is pretty. I don;t see anything that I would change Martha. I do like a natural shoulder line, but will go for a dropped shulder in the right fabric. This London shirt is really nice, as are the Helix pants.

  3. Martha, The fabric is lovely, the pattern just looks so large on you. Probably the dropped shoulder, but the body doesn't seem to have the nice shaping that even the Liberty shirt does. That large facing and and such on Liberty may do more visually to balance the garment. I'm not sure and not much help either!

  4. Looks very good to me. Fabric is awesome and you've done a great job of placement.

  5. Beautiful fabric, and you have used the border print so beautifully. Thanks for the comments about the handling of the gauze fabric - I was wondering what that was like. And I agree about dropped shoulders.

  6. Even though the pattern is loose-fitting, I think you still need to do a full bust adjustment. That will prevent the top from pulling up in the front.

  7. I like your special details very much, such as the "made in Japan" label, your placement of the border print, and the buttons. I beg, plead and cajole you NOT to replace those buttons. They are absolutely, positively perfect with the fabric. In their own way, they blend with the pattern.

  8. The shirt is a beautiful colour, texture, print and looks great on you. Sounds like the ideal weight for a summer shirt. Well done.