I’m calling this one my “I’m comfy and I work at a pediatricians office” shirt.
I have been wanting to make the Willamette shirt by Hey June Handmade for a while now. It ticks a lot of my boxes: boxy shirt, notch collar, drop shoulder, cropped length. I especially love that it has the look of a button up shirt without all the hassle of buttons and button holes!
This pattern sews up in a breeze! Especially if you have experience making shirts of this nature. The instructions are easy to follow and the finishes are all nice and clean. I cut a size 2 and made no adjustments. Although if I make this view again I may add a touch of length because it was the slightest bit shorter than I anticipated. For the hem I just serged the edge and folded it up 1/4″ then topstitched to save on length.
Now lets talk about this fabric! I LOVE a quirky print. I also LOVE a button down (ish) shirt. What do I love even more? Sewing up a button down shirt in a quirky print! Something about the juxtaposition of a fun, wacky print with the seriousness of a collared shirt just pushes all my buttons. This fabric is vintage and was gifted to me by my aunt when she was cleaning out her stash. I just LOVE the whimsical little people on their vintage bikes and the cool color palette. It’s very seam punk meets Mary Poppins 🙂
My only issue is that this particular print combined with the pattern almost looks like a scrubs top. Like one you would wear at a pediatric dentists office. Now I know that its all in the styling and it probably won’t feel like that when I wear it, those are just the initial vibes I was getting at completion. Don’t get me wrong – I still plan on wearing the heck out of this thing because the print is just so dang cute and this fabric is super breezy and comfortable. Just know that the scrubs thing will be in the back of my mind.
See it in action:
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Pattern: Hey June Handmade Willamette Shirt
Fabric: Vintage cotton from stash
Finishes: Serged seams, serged and turned hem, cuffed sleeves
Time: 2 hrs
Sew it again? Yes! I really think a dress hack out of this would be great!
On the note of fabric, I have about 1.5 yds left of this (very narrow) so give me your ideas of what else I should make with it in the comments below!
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