Style Arc Elsie camp shirt variation

Well, I never imagined I would like this play on a revere neckline, but I was so wrong! A thank you and shout-out to Karen (@intostitches) for the inspiration to try this pattern! It’s actually really interesting to sew and to wear.

From Style Arc, the real name of this cutie is the Elsie Oversized Shirt:

But with a few changes, it becomes a nifty semi-fitted shirt.

Basics:

  • Redrew the front and back hemlines and drafted a shirt-tail hem. My center back finishes at 25″, a favorite length.
  • Drafted a short-sleeve option.
  • Drafted the back with pleat or no-pleat options.

Other notes:

  • Sewed the size 10, and it’s a perfect fit.
  • Drafted my pattern with 1/2″ seam allowances, everywhere. The pattern includes 3/8″ and 1/4″ SAs, treacherous with woven fabrics!
  • Shortened the bust darts by an inch. For some reason they are drawn out past the bust apex mark. Weird.
  • Annoying (1) the pattern has full-width back and yoke pieces. I had to print the associated pages to get the goodies, but what a lot of wasted paper and ink, since both can be cut on the fold.
  • Annoying (2) it has a single-layer yoke! It’s easy enough to cut the facing, but what an oversight.

Bits and pieces:

I used cotton poplin shirting and Pellon sew-in interfacing, both from Fabric.com. And, yes, I washed and dried the interfacing before using it to avoid shrinkage when the entire garment is washed.

I like to attach pockets before things get going, whenever it’s practical.

The facing is sewn into the neckline and hand-stitched at the shoulders and bottom of the yoke.

It’s easy to reduce the bulk in a double-fold hem! My seams are serged together, stopping at a clip at the fold line. I open the remaining seam allowance, and it’s easy to make those folds.

I love rounded buttonholes on blouses ๐Ÿ™‚

A couple close-ups, worn out:

One is never enough – I’m starting a long-sleeve version tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

Ciao – Coco

11 thoughts on “Style Arc Elsie camp shirt variation

  1. J’adore. That color is so neat and crisp and unique, and your changes are beautiful. I love it with short sleeves!

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  2. The neckline is ๐Ÿ’ฏ and such a classic shirt. Do you hand wash interfacing or put it in the washing machine? I have never washed it before!

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  3. What a fantastic looking blouse! I’ve ignored that pattern because of the over sized fit. I’m off to get the pattern and save your blog post. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  4. I like how you take any pattern and make it your own. Your an inspiration!
    Also like all the arts and crafts furniture pieces you have.

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