One of my goals for this year was to make a button up shirt. I had the Cheyenne Tunic on my “make nine” last year, but I chickened out and made excuses. I was SO happy when Allie announced that January would be Indiesew’s “Shirt Month”! I immediately decided that this was the year, and January was the month! I didn’t start making my muslin until the last week of the month (again, a little bit procrasti-chicken), but I did it! AND I finished my muslin two days before Shirt Month was over! Here are a couple of pictures of it.
I was very happy that I made a muslin before making it with my nice Indiesew fabric because my muslin had some bubbling in the collar stand, yoke, and cuffs. I also didn’t ease the collar stand in very well, so when I cut off about a half inch extra, I had a really hard time stitching the bottom down. I ended up with a little bit of a pleat in the middle (thankfully the collar covers it up), but I definitely learned from it! I was still very happy with the finished result and will wear this often.
I was very happy that I was able to learn all of the shirt making skills with the Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June because Adrianna is SO good at explaining things and I knew I would be in good hands. The instructions were very clear and easy to follow. The only place I got stuck (while making my muslin) for a couple of minutes was stitching the collar stand facing on. I just had to bring Dallas into the room, read the instructions out loud, and hold it a few different ways before I was finally like – ah ha!
I was also really happy that I made a muslin first because I accidentally plowed past one or two steps in my muslin, like top stitching the sleeve french seams down. The second time around, I was also able to minimize the bubbling A LOT, and made sure to read every step! Haha
Now about this awesome fabric! I was so excited when I saw this double cloth on Indiesew because these are some of my favorite colors, and the two sides compliment each other perfectly! I had some fun finding a couple of inspiration tops on Madewell before cutting it out. This one was the most popular from my Insta-stories poll, and I really liked it too. Madewell always has some of the best stuff to get my creativity flowing.
My top is a little bit different than the Madewell top in how I cut some of the pieces, so I’ll break it down. I cut the button plackets, sleeve plackets, and yoke on the bias; everything else was cut straight grain. The pieces I flipped to show blue side were the back piece, the inside yoke, and the cuffs. I also went with a square pocket instead of the pocket that came with the pattern. I think it would have been fun to do the curved tunic hem, but I already had the pattern pieces for the shirt lengthened and ready to go, so I just went with the shirt hem.
Sewing Tall Adjustments: I lengthened the ‘shirt’ bodice pieces by 2 1/4 inches so that they were both the same length as the ‘tunic’ version, just so that I didn’t have to bother with lengthening the button plackets. So I just used the tunic length placket, and I also chose not to lengthen the sleeves at all since they are pretty comfortably long already.
I can’t even express how good it feels to have finally made a button up shirt! And I finished TWO within a week! It felt like an eternity, but it was also really good to just focus and get them both done. I just get really intimidated by things that I’m not familiar with, and when I don’t know how exactly they go together — and when they have so. many. steps. I basically danced around my kitchen both times I got to the end of the instructions and saw, “Congratulations! Your Cheyenne Tunic is complete!”
I am really glad that I dove in and learned every step of the shirt making process with this pattern. I can honestly say that I really enjoyed the process, and finishing every step was so satisfying! I am so excited to be able to add a few more button up shirts to my ‘make list’ this year since I finally conquered my fear, and it really wasn’t so bad!
The fabric for this post was provided by Indiesew. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.