Muna and Broad Waikerie Shirt

Siobhan, a 30-something white Disabled woman, stands leaning on a hot pink cane. She wears a blush pink animal print shirt with soft collar, boxy fit and high low split hem, and black tapered knit pants.

I’m still catching up on the backlog of garments I sewed last year, by the considered system of ‘take a photo and write a blog post of a shirt as I wear it’. This is View B of the Muna and Broad Waikerie Shirt, a boxy shirt with yoke which features “an inverted box pleat at the back and a high-low hem with beautifully finished, mitered side splits.”

Siobhan, a 30-something white Disabled woman, stands leaning on a hot pink cane. She wears a blush pink animal print shirt with soft collar, boxy fit and high low split hem, and black tapered knit pants. Her back is to the camera, showing the boxy back with yoke and pleat.

I didn’t muslin this shirt, seeing as it had a generous fit. I just added 4cm length to the body, and performed my usual forward head adjustment. I had to piece the yoke facing and cut one front facing piece against the grain due to fabric limitations – the downfalls of buying fabric without a pattern in mind.

Siobhan, a 30-something white Disabled woman, stands leaning on a hot pink cane. She wears a blush pink animal print shirt with soft collar, boxy fit and high low split hem, and black tapered knit pants. Her side is to the camera, showing the high low split hem.

The Waikerie Shirt came together seamlessly. Despite having a new-to-me construction method, it was drafted so well, and the instructions written in a clear and concise manner, that it sewed up easily. Details like a bias bound placket and convertible collar helped expedite the project – I find them much quicker and easier to sew than a traditional tower placket and collar with stand.

Siobhan, a 30-something white Disabled woman, sits on a couch. She wears a blush pink animal print shirt with soft collar, boxy fit and high low split hem, and black tapered knit pants.

I’m really pleased with how this shirt turned out. I even got a “you made THAT?!” compliment, which left me chuffed. I enjoyed sewing the Waikerie so much I promptly made another one, this time short sleeved, which I’ve already blogged.

I’d recommend the Waikerie Shirt to anyone looking for a relaxed fit shirt with elevated style details, perhaps for shirt making beginners who don’t want to tackle a collar stand and tower placket just yet. There are helpful video tutorials on the Muna and Broad YouTube page if you get stuck on any technique.

Siobhan takes a selfie, showing the convertible collar and brown buttons of her shirt.

 

The details:
Pattern: Muna and Broad Waikerie Shirt
Pattern details: “The Waikerie Shirt is designed for options! Interchangeable pattern pieces allow you to mix and match finishes. View A is a cropped, boxy shirt with a back yoke. View B and View C feature an inverted box pleat at the back and a high-low hem with beautifully finished, mitred side splits. View C is a collarless view with a high-low hem. All views feature a dropped shoulder and forward yoke seam, and Views A and B include a faced soft collar that can be buttoned up or left open for a relaxed vibe. All views can be sewn with a short sleeve that uses our unique sleeve band application, or with a long sleeve that features a hidden placket and a generous pleat at the wrist.” Sizes A-M (bust 102-162cm), can be custom sized up for free.
Fabric: 2.5m x 132cm wide animal patch printed cotton linen fabric nude, 85% cotton, 15% linen, from Spotlight.
Other materials: Sheerweft interfacing. 15mm plastic faux wood buttons
Mods: Size B
– 1/2″ forward head adjustment, same to sleeve
– Added 4cm length to body
– Cut yoke facing in two pieces, and one front facing piece against grain due to fabric shortage
– Added extra button to body due to length and used own button placing

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Author: Siobhan S

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

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