I just noticed in the blog post title I called it a shirt, yet in previous posts I called it a blouse.
Which is it? Is there a difference? I always think of a shirt as a button-down or menswear style, with no darts. Now I have to do some research on that. Any ideas? How do you distinguish between a shirt and a blouse?
Inside is all french seams except for the armholes which I serged. The back yoke is clean finished on the inside, with no seams showing. Difficult to see in the photo below as the fabric is very similar inside and out, but a nice way to do a shirt which has a back yoke.
To do this, you sew the yoke facing to the yoke along the bottom seam, and then lay it open on that seam, as in the photo above right. then roll the fronts and back of the blouse up, and sew the yoke shoulder seams. Then you pull the front and backs through the center, basically turning the yoke right side out, and viola, your yoke is enclosed and no seams are showing inside. Another 3-dimensional puzzle for sewers. There are a lot of those in garment making, aren't there?
Another view, of the collar and the front pocket, where I matched the stripe effect so it disappears into the print.
All in all, I am glad to have made a blouse and/or shirt, it has been years. Inspired by this project I just made one for myself, different pattern, which I will post soon.
Today's garden photo, a penstemon which is still flowering, and the hummingbirds are still coming around to enjoy its purpley goodness.
Happy October sewing,