I’ve been on a bit of a Waikerie Shirt making kick recently (actually, I’ve been pretty prolific in general since I made my 2 Medlow Robes (silk and waffle), my new 3-piece outfit (see here and here), a pink Waikerie Shirt and this voluminous mocha Waikerie Shirt (I used the View B, with no collar but then hacked from there).
The Fine Cloth Company sent me some of their Pale Peach linen (which I used to make this Waikerie Shirt) and also this Mocha linen, which I decided needed gathers and then I added THE MOST gathers ever.
My measurements: My current measurements are a 53″ low hip and I’m 54″ at my roundest point (around my belly). My full bust is 48″ and my upper bust is 43″. I am relatively short through the body, and have narrow shoulders compared to my other measurements.
Pattern details: This is Size F of the Waikerie Shirt, with some modifications! I gathered in the entire width of the fabric below the back yoke and did the same to the fabric at the front (I added a front yoke). I added a chunk of length to the sleeves (maybe an inch.. ), because my previous Waikerie Shirts were a little short in the sleeve. Turns out that wasn’t necessary because Leila lengthened the sleeve before we launched.
Fabric & notions details: This 180gsm linen was nice to sew with. Where the peach version is a little sheer, this mocha doesn’t let you know what I’m wearing underneath. I had a hard time choosing buttons because of the washed colouring. In the end I found some at my local Lincraft (which was very expensive and I do not recommend it). I think I got 2.5 metres of this linen (I didn’t measure before cutting), so I’m pretty amazed that I got long sleeves and So Much Volume from that amount of fabric!
The Waikerie Shirt will be going through some changes soon, as will the Waikerie Dress Expansion. What’s 2 patterns will become 3, with an extra collar and hem option. If you have both patterns before we make the change, we’ll send out the new view and collar once the pattern is ready to go. After that, to get all the views you’ll need to buy 3 separate patterns (but we’re phasing out this collarless view). Anyway, that’s my hot tip- if you’re thinking about it, do it before we change it.