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.”
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.
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.
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.
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