This is the latest release from Pattern Emporium — the Shoreline Top. It was just released this week so it’s currently on sale. It’s basically an oversized button-down with front and back yokes. I was excited for the chance to test it and I think Kate did a great job incorporating the feedback from the testing.
I made 2 of them and this is the first, the one I like more, made from Atelier Brunette dobby viscose. The dobby just means it’s got little woven dots all over it which you might be able to see in some of the photos. It adds just enough interest to it. I got it from Needles Studio which has a simply lovely selection of fabrics.
I made the regular length in the easy fit which is my measured size of 8, in case you’re trying to gauge fit. There are 2 fit options — easy fit is your measured size and oversized which is a size up. You can see below that it is definitely a loose fitting shirt, but that also makes it quite comfortable.
I went for the long sleeves and skipped the pockets on this one. I also did the V-neck for this one (I did round neck on the other one you’ll see tomorrow) and I think I prefer the look of the V-neck over the round neck. I was a little worried it would be too low cut for work, but it’s definitely not.
I veered a little from the pattern on the button placement. I liked the look of having one right under the yoke and would definitely do that again.
The only thing I’m little unhappy about is totally unrelated to the pattern. You can see there’s a little puckering where I’ve stitched down the facing, right near the buttons. I was sewing this on my mom’s machine (which actually use to be my machine) and for the life of me, I could not get the bobbin tension to behave. So the stitching isn’t my usual quality there. I’ve since pressed the heck out of it (although you have to be careful with viscose because it’ll get shiny) and it’s looking much better, but that was the best I could do at the time.
I don’t know how many oversized shirts I need so I’m not sure how much I’ll be making this one, but it only requires 1.5 yards. Sometimes you find just a bit of that fun and interesting fabric and this would be a good shirt for that. It really shows off the fabric. Plus it goes together pretty quickly, in just a couple hours, since it’s mostly straight stitching. (Even faster if you don’t have to keep pulling out your stitching because your bobbin tension is messed up ?) So a good one to have in your back pocket!