Saturday, 31 January 2015

Star gazing Bruyere

Did this project start with the pattern or the fabric? I'm not really sure but I knew that they were a perfect match. Perhaps it is because most of the Bruyere shirts I love seem to be or feature blue? Some of my favourites: the original by Deer and Doe, Tilly, Anna, and Lauren. I adore the feminine feel of this pattern - the box pleats and the gentle gathering at the cuffs. 


Bruyere shirt

My feelings toward this project have been mixed. It started out with excitement as my toile revealed I needed only one minor change - removing 1.5cm from the bottom skirt. This shirt is seriously long! As construction progressed I feel out of love - symptomatic of the way I was feeling in December and going on several dates with my seam ripper didn't help. However, that is all forgotten and after a couple of wears, I'm rather pleased with the way it came out. 

Bruyere shirt

The fabric is a quality cotton and I was drawn to the little stars and dots. I think it was Victoria who brought it to the Sew Brum swap and I snapped it up as soon as I saw it. As you would expect, it was very easy to work with. It's reasonably soft but still has some crispness to it which makes it delightful to wear. Sadly I didn't have enough to cut the facings which are a pale pink cotton from my stash. I quite like the subtle pop of colour around the front neckline. 

Bruyere shirt

This pattern is marked as advanced and I think that is because there are a couple of tricky techniques but with some patience and careful stitching most people will be able to complete this. Creating the sleeve plackets was a new experience for me. They have come out ok but I would suggest a practice run if you've not done them before so you can get a feel for the precision needed. I was convinced that my stitching was dramatically off, but it turns out its not so bad. I love the way the button plackets and facings are finished - it looks so neat and clean. I found the pictures a little confusing but got there with the help of the sewalong. Essentially, the placket is pressed in half, opened and then the raw edges taken into the centre so they are encased. The facings are placed under the placket before being stitched down.

Bruyere shirt inside

A nice design detail of this pattern is the top stitching. I struggled to find a thread that worked well as white was too stark for the amount needed. In the end I went without and hand stitched the button plackets in place. The buttons are those I saved from Adam's old work shirts and I added two smaller ones to each cuff.


Bruyere shirt

I'm rather pleased with how this shirt fits. Generally I have a hate relationship with rtw shirts as I always get the dreaded gaps between buttons. Not on this shirt and hopefully never again! I don't think this shirt is quite right though. You'll notice that I have the bottom button undone and this is because the shirt feels too tight across my legs if it is done it. This suggests the shirt is still too long and I'm very tempted to take it up and lose the bottom button hole. What do you think? Should I add this to my small list of items to take up? 

19 comments:

  1. This looks great. It is such a great pattern and agree that it looks super in the stars and spots.

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    1. Thanks, Kirsty. The stars make it a great print.

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  2. Wwwwwwoaaa! I was looking forward to seeing this FO. I love the Bruyere. If you are planning to wear it as a shirt it may indeed be a bit too long, but from the makes I've seen online it strikes me as a tunic, in which case I'd say the length is ok.

    Even though you don't seem to be in love with this project I think it looks great and I am sure you will wear it tons! Great job!

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    1. Thanks. I'm not a huge fan of tunic length on me and that's probably the issue.

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  3. Ooo, this is lovely! I'm a big fan of the Deer and Doe patterns because they fit me well, and the designs are so well thought out - the instructions tend to be a bit sparce though. Love the fabric, and the pink at the collar, and I think the length is grand on you, but it would also look good if it were a bit shorter - that doesn't really help, does it?!

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    1. Thanks, Lynne. I love Deer and Doe too, they are very good patterns.

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  4. Great Claire! I don't really wear shirts but I'm tempted to give this pattern a go. It really suits you x

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    1. Thanks, Amy. It is a lovely shape and a little different to your normal shirt.

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  5. Great Claire! I don't really wear shirts but I'm tempted to give this pattern a go. It really suits you x

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  6. It looks lovely Claire! I think the length looks good as it is, but it would probably be fine a bit shorter too - at the end of the day I'd go with whatever you feel most comfortable with!

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    1. True, I suspect I'll be shortening it!

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  7. I love this! I agree that button-down shirts tend to look great in this chambray-colored blue - it's such a classic style. The details on this shirt are wonderful - your careful hand stitching and recycled buttons really make the shirt special. I don't know why it's drafted so long though!

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    1. Thanks. Even though it is tunic length, it is still long! Glad you liked this version though.

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  8. Looks gorgeous Claire! I love the fabric, it does work brilliantly with the pattern. I can't wait to get on and make this pattern up!

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    1. Thanks, Kelly! Can't wait to see yours when you get to it.

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  9. I'd take it up a smidge if that button isn't closing comfortably. It looks great and don't want you to subconsciously like it less cos of the length/button. Also top notch plackets from where I'm looking!

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    1. Thanks, Amy. Interestingly, I haven't worn it since this post. I think that's an indication that I need to take it up!

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  10. I'd take it up a smidge if that button isn't closing comfortably. It looks great and don't want you to subconsciously like it less cos of the length/button. Also top notch plackets from where I'm looking!

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  11. I'd take it up a smidge if that button isn't closing comfortably. It looks great and don't want you to subconsciously like it less cos of the length/button. Also top notch plackets from where I'm looking!

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