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1/17/2006

The Islander Shirt


Having been a longtime devotee of Islander Sewing Systems , I was anxious to try the new shirt designed by Janet Pray. My version is shown here in heavily distressed silk dupioni. I made it to the exact pattern specs, with the exception of adding my "Cigar Pocket" at the request of a client.

Since I usually draft my own patterns for my shirt designs, I am very picky about printed patterns.
The Islander Shirt far exceeded my expectations.

The pattern is perfectly drafted, with clever details like the subtle curved hemline
that makes this style a cut above other "camp shirt" silhouettes. The instructions are precise and include the famous Islander "Burrito" technique, and well as a technique to set sleeves that every sewist should learn. The shirt is oversized without being sloppy, and the cut lends itself to many fabrics...though soft drapey fabrics will enhance the clever way this pattern is designed. It's definitely a winning style that I will make again and again!

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job!!
Wish I could get
my collars
to look as
crisp and
sharp looks
as yours.

Nancy M.

7:23 AM  
Blogger Gigi said...

Your shirts are gorgeous! I make most of my husband's shirts and am pretty bored with the same old patterns. After seeing your Islander shirts I'll be ordering my own! Thanks for the recommendation.

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your shirts are very nice. Thanks for your comments on Islander patterns. I just received the Systems I book and DVD and was wondering if the patterns contained more techniques, you've answered my questions.

10:32 PM  
Anonymous Ursula said...

Pam, so when you say you sewed the camp shirt to the exact specs do you mean you did not use your flat felled method for sleeves or side seams, etc...? If not, would you sew it the same way next time or alter the seam allowances for a different finish on the inside?

Thank you in advance!

7:16 PM  
Blogger Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

Hi Ursula, this shirt was made so long ago ;)

But generally on camp shirts or casual shirts I fell the seams about 50% of the time on the shirts I make for my husband, and 100% of the time on the shirts I make for my clients. If the seam allowances need to be adjusted or changed in some way to do so, then I change them.

8:33 AM  

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