This is the first of my anniversary sews for the aqua and coral family outfit. I chose the Breeze shirt for Sidney (from Twig and Tale) because I’ve done the boy’s version for Sam and it was fairly easy. I thought this would be a breeze (pun intended) compared to the Fairfield button down shirt.
I chose linen for the shirt because I wanted some texture and I like how linen looks. What I didn’t know is that linen is not easy to work with. Linen is NOT my friend. Linen refuses to lay flat. Linen makes you waste hours with an iron to press each seam repeatedly.
There are some mistakes here and there but all in all I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. Will I be using linen again? Maybe someday but not so soon.
It was my first time making sleeve tabs and hem splits – it’s an additional hour for a first-timer like me but I think these details make a huge difference. Sid paired the shirt with khaki shorts and a khaki watch which went nicely with the wooden buttons I used.
The main challenge was getting the front and back facing to lay flat enough for me to do some top-stitching. I wanted straight lines so I actually drew where to topstitch to make everything look neat. For Sam’s shirt I free-handed it and it turned out okay.
The pattern is very clearly drafted and has a lot of pictures. And the best part is that there are videos to help you along the way. The sizing was spot-on: I followed the chest measurements and didn’t need to grade even though his waist should be the next size. I would definitely buy more from Twig and Tale in the future.
Pattern: Breeze shirt by Twig and Tale
Fabric: European linen from a shop at People’s Park Food Centre (near Chinatown)