I love casual shirts – the kind with soft tailoring, minimal buttons, ones that could easily escape from the office and be worn out on the weekend.
So, it was pretty much a sure bet that I was going to love the Biscayne Blouse pattern by Hey June.I’ve got a real crush on this pattern. It’s got some great little details – gathers at the back and shoulders, a hidden button placket (which is actually less terrifying to sew than it sounds), welt or patch pocket options.
But, well, you might notice that this little shirt doesn’t exactly scream A/W wear. It’s one of those projects that was on my to-sew list all summer, but I never actually got around to sewing it. And even though it’s pretty chilly round these parts, I couldn’t quite get the hidden button placket and welt pockets out of my mind.
So, when I was cruising for a break from my first attempts at sewing jeans this nice project popped into my head. I grabbed some rayon from my stash (picked up from the Textile Centre on ebay) and set to work.
Sure it’s not exactly winter wear, but heck, at least I crossed something off my sewing list. Does that ever happen to you?
It actually came together really well, which surprised me a little since there are so many pieces and that hidden button placket. I was expecting all sorts of trouble. But really, I didn’t use my seam ripper once, which let’s be honest, with my current track record that’s pretty amazing.
You can bet with a few tweaks (details below) this pattern is going to be top of my summer sewing plans.
I only ever share products and people I think you’ll like as much as I do (because sharing is caring). The pattern for this make was kindly provided by Indiesew (they’re nice like that). All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
Hey June Biscayne blouse
Pattern: Hey June Biscayne blouse
Fabric: French georgette from Textile Centre on Ebay.
What changes did you make to the pattern or construction?
No changes made whatsoever. I followed the pattern and instructions, making a straight size s. To be honest I could have done with making an XS – there’s a lot of excess fabric with the back and shoulder gathers.
What did you like about the pattern?
The PDF came together really quickly which was surprising considering how many pieces there were to put together.
I really like the finishing – French seams, bias binding for the arm holes. I was also keen to try my hand at welt pockets, but wimped out at the last minute.
What are you most proud of?
I’m glad I tackled the hidden button placket. It seemed really intimidating at first – so intimidating that I kinda put off starting the project. Buttttt… the instructions are really clear. In the end it was super easy – easier then hemming the curved hem (which is tucked in because it is embarrassingly horrendous!)!
What will you do differently next time?
I’m keen to make a few of these for summer work wear. It’s the type of pattern that would look great in solids or jazzy prints.
I’d be tempted to play around with the interfacing and maybe not interface every collar/placket piece, or maybe use a r-e-a-l-l-y light interfacing. I totally used a medium weight knit interfacing in black -totally the wrong weight and colour, but it’s what I had to hand. So the collar and placket are a bit stiff and dark. In future I’d aim for a softer drape so the neckline could be left to flop open.