the “dances with hens” shirt (see & sew B6270)

On 9th of this month, I showed you my first ever sewing project with sleeves and a collar.

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made following the pattern

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Well, I was so pleased with how it turned out, I was raring to make a second one.  For my second version, I went for the rounded shirt tails, on both front & back, but kept sleeves as 3/4 and the grandad style collar. 

And just to make things a little different, I decided to use a white “piqué” cotton for the collar, front yokes and the button loopy bits.

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Main fabric is a very fun feather print . . . hence the Indian name for this new version of the shirt:  “Dances with hens” lol.

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I really love it!   It looks so different from the first version, because of the bright colours. 

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Just look how cleverly the feathers match up when sleeves are rolled!

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Everything went ever so smoothly this time around.  Collar went on first time.  Sleeve insertion was still rather daunting, but I’d done it before, so I knew I could do it again.  Overall, it really was a joy to make and I am already planning on making it a third time!  I’m even toying with the idea of making the proper pointy collar of version B for my next attempt, despite having said that I don’t like pointy collars.  Definitely won’t be adding a pocket or going for the full length sleeves though. 

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25 thoughts on “the “dances with hens” shirt (see & sew B6270)

  1. It’s very pretty, and I do like the contrast of the white details. How very cooperative of the fabric to line up like that on the sleeve turnups! I think it’s a good idea to do a version with the pointy collar; then at least they won’t make you nervous any more. In fact, maybe make just the collar as a toile using scrap, so that by the time you come to the actual shirt you’ve overcome the scary bits?

    • thanks Cathy ^^ One of the reasons I used white for yokes & collar, was so I didn’t have to worry about pattern matching those bits.

  2. No more buying shirts for you. With just these subtle tweaks this and the last one look completely different and I love the way you inserted the white “pique” cotton. I can see a whole wardrobe of pretty shirts/blouses with so many cute fabrics to choose from you will be completely hooked. Good luck with the pointy collar.

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