My goodness, it’s been a little while since I’ve written anything here! I’ve been steadily sewing away, but not taking a lot of pictures. However, I’ve recently tested the new Twig + Tale Breeze Shirt and feel compelled to share some details, because it’s just so good.
The Breeze is a relaxed-fit, woven top with a front slit that allows the shirt to go on and off easily. It really would make a perfect summer top in an airy, lightweight fabric, and I’ve been admiring all the versions made by sewing friends in the Southern Hemisphere. I can imagine that a lightweight linen or gauze would just feel so good on a hot day, much nicer to wear than a clingy knit fabric. However, the situation up north is a bit different at the moment. Case in point, photo taken this morning, which conveniently features a Canadian flag, just in case the snow didn’t tip you off:
Since it is still difficult to imagine spring, let alone summer, I decided to go with something a bit more “transitional” and opted to use chambray for the shirt. This fabric still has decent drape, which I think is important for the fit of the garment, but the weave is tight enough that it provides a bit more warmth, especially when layered over a long-sleeved shirt.
I included a number of optional bells and whistles in this version, including sleeve tabs, bound side splits, and a contrast reverse facing. None of these details are particularly difficult, although the bound side splits do require a fancy little move to account for the French seams. While the extra details do take a bit longer to sew, I think it is completely worth it for the professional-looking finish.
May I just take a moment to marvel at how grown-up my girl is looking suddenly? Her front teeth are growing in, which certainly changes the look of her smile – kind of like a puppy who hasn’t quite grown into her big paws.
As mentioned above, the Breeze Shirt is finished with French seams, which just speak to my soul – I appreciate beautifully-finished garments. In fact, I learned how to sew French seams when I was a young teenager, having inherited a seafoam-green Singer 185 sewing machine from my grandmother – a reliable little tank of a machine, but it only sewed a straight stitch. Perhaps it is nostalgia, but I have always loved French seams, so I truly appreciate the fact that T+T have included this finishing technique in the pattern.
When summer finally does arrive, I’m looking forward to making more Breeze Shirts in lightweight linen and double gauze, which I think will be perfect to pop on over a bathing suit at the beach. In the meantime, excuse me while I go shovel out the car. Again;-)