Style Arc Blaire Shirt

You know when a project looks really different in your head to the final outcome? That’s what happened with my Style Arc Blaire Shirt. I completely misinterpreted the pattern of the fabric and the cut of the shirt, and ended up with an oversized, tropical-style shirt, entirely by accident. And I love it!

A woman stands in front of hibiscus plant. She wears a green, tropical print shirt, skinny jeans and silver runners.

The fabric is a cotton voile that I bought at Spotlight a few years back for the princely sum of $6, but it wasn’t until recently that I finally got around to pairing it with the Blaire Shirt pattern. I felt the lightweight fabric would suit the summery style of the Blaire, though due to its weight and opacity I wouldn’t recommend it for the dress variation.

A woman stands in front of hibiscus plant. She wears a green, tropical print shirt, skinny jeans and silver runners.
I don’t know what went on with my phone camera but it flipped its shit when I started turning. The colours aren’t particularly representative as a result.

Style Arc is consistently reliable in their draft and I had no problems with the pattern itself. I’ve read some criticise the collar stand for seeming too short, but it’s my understanding the neck is to be eased to the stand (which worked perfectly for me). Due to the cropped style, I added 6cm length in total so I could pair the shirt with mid-rise pants, but I think it would look equally cute as drafted with high-rise jeans or a skirt.

A woman stands in front of hibiscus plant. She wears a green, tropical print shirt, skinny jeans and silver runners.
Um….obviously the shirt doesn’t look like that. But I couldn’t resist sharing the cool print on the back.

did, of course, take issue with the fabric, which I didn’t realise was a border print until I brought it home. And not any old border print, but one which had 3 different, repeating motifs down the selvedge which were not centred, leaving a bit of waste fabric on one side. So I had to be careful to cut each piece in a way that made at least some visual sense.

Diagram of fabric showing three motifs which repeat down the selvedge, two motifs the same, off centre with wasted space at top.
Thank you, Spotlight.

The pattern has an interesting design element: the bottom half of the shirt is constructed of an overlay, with a sharply curved hem, and a straight-hemmed underlay. Gaps in the waist seam form pockets. As cool as this design feature is, I realised soon after cutting out that the underlay would be really obvious due to the opacity of my fabric, and chose to use insets to fill the side seam curves instead.

Technical drawing of Style Arc Blaire Shirt.
This is evident in the tech drawing. The dress has a similar feature with insets that create pockets in the side seam and stabilise the hem.

Style Arc Blaire Shirt

I must have underestimated how lightweight the fabric was, because my usual choice of one layer of interfacing to stabilise the buttonbands was not quite enough. It won’t make a big deal in the wearability of the shirt, but for a more polished look I’d definitely interface the entire buttonband piece next time (and perhaps the collar and stand facings too).

A woman stands in front of blue weatherboard. She wears a green, tropical print shirt.

A woman stands in front of blue weatherboard. She wears a green, tropical print shirt.

Otherwise, sewing this shirt was smooth sailing, and I’m glad I finished it with some warm weather still to go. Though if these past few weeks are any indication, summer will last a long while yet!

A woman stands in front of hibiscus plant. She wears a green, tropical print shirt, skinny jeans and silver runners.

The deets:
Pattern: Style Arc Blaire Shirt and Dress
Pattern details: “Shirt: Square shaped shirt with rolled cuff and interesting overlay. Dress: Shirt-maker dress shirt tail and inset pockets.” Sizes AU 4-30, available as PDF download or print pattern.
Fabric: 2m x 138cm wide printed voile fern, multi, from Spotlight.
Other materials: Sheerweft interfacing, 8 x 10mm shell buttons, from stash.
Mods: Size 12, shirt variation.
– 1/2″ forward head adjustment (just changed shoulder notch on sleeve cuff rather than redrawing curve)
– Added 3cm length to top and bottom pieces (6cm length total) – added straight to bottom pieces and slashed and spread top pieces at halfway point down waist
– Used insets for side seam hem curve instead of full underlay

Author: Siobhan S

20 something, living in country Australia. Spoonie profile: ME/CFS, dysautonomia, anxiety. All about sewing, knitting and food. Unapologetic disability advocate.

24 thoughts on “Style Arc Blaire Shirt”

  1. And so you should love this – the colours and fit look great on you. Great pattern matching too! I am pretty certain I purchased this pattern a while ago – will have to go and check and start thinking about doing something with it!


  2. That looks great. I made a Blaire in linen and I found I had to run a row of gathering stitching around the neckline to ease the collar in.


  3. Just yesterday I was contemplating this pattern! I love yours! It is much prettier than the pattern picture! Only reason I didn’t buy the pattern is because I can’t bear another pdf to tape, and I wanted multi-size for my 28 yr old daughter and I. The printed paper pattern came in only one size.
    You really used that fabric pattern to your advantage! Beautiful!


    1. Thanks Eliz. I believe the pattern comes in multisize paper format on Amazon, if that interests you. It was a real pain trying to figure out how to work the fabric pattern, but I do like the end result.


  4. GORGEOUS!! Love the tropical shirt vibe. The back view is like looking in a kaleidoscope–excellent use of the print! This is one pattern I know I need to make again, as it’s seriously worthy of the internet adoration and hype it got on release. 😀


    1. Yes, do! Your first was so cute with the alternating stripes. I’m determined to make the dress version at some point.

      Figuring out a logical print placement was hard work, but I’m glad it made visual sense in the end!

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  5. I love the arch in the sides.
    I like how you lengthened it, it works really well with the jeans.
    That back though! I had to do a double take at the picture because I thought you had just mirrored it across two axes! It’s hypnotic…


    1. Thanks! The print was an unusual one, that’s for sure. I still can’t understand why the motifs were so different. But I guess it all worked out in the end!


  6. Ohhhh it looks great on you! I’ve just printed the top PDF. The note about the side underlay and the collar are so helpful. After seeing yours I’ve realized I misinterpreted the technical drawing of the shirt because I didn’t realize the underlay was a thing at all!

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    1. I’m glad you found it helpful! To be honest, I didn’t realise the underlay existed either until I printed the pattern out. Some who have sewed the shirt chose to make the curve of the hem less dramatic to negate the need for an underlay, which is another option.

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      1. i might do that. from the line drawing, i thought the front had a curved hem and the back had a squared hem, which could also be cool… ???!

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