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5/08/2009

Brensan Patterns "Sew Simple" Shirt



I needed a fast-to-make "Camp Shirt" pattern...now I have one!

Brensan "Sew Simple" BlousePattern
The line drawing does not show the optional front and back darts.

I continue to be impressed by Brensan Studios patterns. While this draft is very basic, it is very well executed with optional front and back "fish-eye" darts and nice side-seam shaping. Simple yes...very simple...but well suited to adding your own details. For instance, the sleeves just beg for cuffs.

This version of the "Sew Simple" blouse was my test garment for this style. I'll be making it again in nicer fabric...this fabric was a cheap find (emphasis on the cheap)...but this shirt will be fine for everyday wear.
It fits exceptionally well.


Brensan Designs "Sew Simple" Blouse

You'll notice that the sleeves seem quite wide. That's because the pattern is drafted for long sleeves, and I decided to make short sleeves after the long ones were sewn.

Hah! You should have seen me in this fabric with long sleeves...I looked like a little tree..one that needed pruning, fast! So in order to narrow the newly hacked-off sleeves, I "pinched" out an inch and formed pleats. Then I secured them with slightly larger sized M-O-P buttons than those used on the shirt front. On future garments, I'll narrow the sleeve and raise the cap slightly...easy pattern alterations.


Brensan Designs "Sew Simple" Blouse-Sleeve

SEWING NOTES: In my opinion, when using cotton fabric for a style like this you need to affect the hand of the fabric as little as possible. I used PRO-SHEER ELEGANCE Fusible Interfacing from ~Fashion Sewing Supply~ because it is so exceptionally silky and soft.
Fabric is from the close-out section at JoAnn Fabrics, Mother-of-Pearl Buttons are from my stash.

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14 Comments:

Blogger Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Love your fabric choice and the sleeve changes.

11:03 AM  
Blogger paco peralta said...

Hi Pam .- simple but very good results. The fabric looks great and seems like ethnic or African, I like it.

warm greeting from Barcelona (today we have more than 26 degrees ).... summer, summer ...

Paco

11:55 AM  
Blogger Cennetta said...

Great combination of pattern and fabric. Glad you had great success with this pattern. I've never used this brand. I'll have to give them a try.
Thanks,
Cennetta

12:35 PM  
Blogger Summerset said...

Very nice - the sleeve fix was great thinking!

7:26 PM  
Blogger gwensews said...

These Brensnan patterns look as if they would be great TNT's. A good place to add design lines and invent your own garment.

10:06 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Very pretty blouse, nice changes on the sleeve.

7:13 AM  
Blogger j.kaori said...

Thank you for the review --- I have to check these patterns out. I like your idea for the sleeve!

9:53 AM  
Blogger Gigi said...

What a lovely blouse - your work is so impeccable.

6:13 PM  
Blogger Lindsay T said...

Such a cute take on a camp shirt. And to think you accomplished this with bargain bin fabric!

11:43 AM  
Blogger Liz in Calgary said...

I like your fabric choices for your garments! I will have to try a blouse / shirt pattern soon.

Liz in Calgary

1:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since you like Brensan Studios blouse pattern so much you should try Bren's flat front slant pocket pants. They are fabulous!
Carolyn in AZ

11:58 AM  
Blogger Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

Carolyn...that pants pattern is on my list!

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have classes at your place in Alden? I am very interested. I live in Warsaw.

src419@hotmail.com
Sandy

5:34 PM  
Blogger Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

Hi Sandy... Yes, after we remodel my business, office, and studio spaces, and after I heal from a few upcoming surgeries, I will begin having ShirtMaking classes in my studio again!

I will add your email to the notification list.

What a coincidence, My sister-in-law lives in Warsaw,and her name is Sandy too :)

6:22 PM  

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