This time I have sewn and tested the new Named clothing Stella shirt pattern. It is a relaxed fit kimono-sleeve raglan shirt with an unusual pointed collar. The narrow sleeve cuffs were folded up in an interesting way.
The sizes range from EUR 32 to 50. I tried on the size 36 while visiting Named studio shop and based on that, went for one size bigger.
The recommended fabrics are light-weight, drapey fabrics with no stretch. I took a risk, though, and used thicker, basically quilting weight cotton from my stash. It did work but I think a softer fabric would have been better. I also decided on a whim to add dark blue piping to the raglan seams.
The instructions were very clear and this blouse was very quick to make. I skipped the French seams due to my thicker fabric but I think that they are usually the best way to seam shirts. The Stella shirt is originally closed with snaps but I used fuchsia pink buttons and buttonholes instead. I also added about 5 cm to the bottom of the shirt since I have a long back.
The fit reminds me of sporty jackets. My shoulders are quite square so I think I could have made a better fit if I had taken in a bit at the top of both shoulders. Also the back piece is quite high and tends to for a wrinkle underneath a collar. So I would recommend leaving the collar until the whole shirt can be worn and the fit can be checked. I still might tweak the fit if I have a bit extra time to rip the collar of.
My favourite part of this shirt are the cuffs. The folded cuffs are super easy to make and they look nice. I cheated a bit and sewed the pleat shut with the button but don’t tell anyone!
All in all, this is a nice and easy pattern and makes a comfortable shirt!
It’s a wonderful sunny autumn day today and I will head outdoors after posting this. Happy sewing!