Monday, June 21, 2021

Hey June Willamette redo

There are so many patterns to try, I often find myself moving on from a "meh" to a "new shiny" without a second thought. After making my first Willamette, I liked it, but felt it needed to be a size bigger. It would've been easy to move on to something else, but I'm glad I didn't! The bigger size was exactly perfect and led to one of my all-time favorite shirts.

This Willamette (from Hey June Patterns) is a size 4. The extra bit of ease between a 2 and a 4 makes a big difference. It also matters that the fabric has more drape. This pink woven is from Jo-Ann's and is Lyocell/linen/rayon/cotton. I know. Weird blend. But it works and I ADORE it. It comes in a few other colors and I'm considering driving out of town just to nab more.

Of note: I did not interface anything in the pink shirt. I wanted it to drape and that's exactly what it does without interfacing. I also added some embroidery to the pockets. I tend to wear this one tied in the front, which is easy to do if you finish the bottom part of the placket separately instead of topstitching them down as one.

My third Willamette is made from a cotton blend woven from Alyssa Mae Designs. I love the texture, but the cotton doesn't have a ton of drape, so this one is a bit more stiff. I don't reach for this one as much as the pink one, which is a shame. Consider this a pledge to rotate more often!

Have you ever gone back to a pattern and tried a completely new size?

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