Breeze Shirt

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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;-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Breeze Shirt

  1. I just love your version of the Breeze shirt – so pretty and practical at the same time. The little extras make it so special and those french seams make everything feel so fancy and lovely!

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