I have been wanting to make a chambray button up shirt for myself ever since I started sewing clothes. It was high time I finally got around to it! I love the chambray look on everyone and I wanted to have my very own. I will say, now that I have one, I am not really sure how to wear it. Ill have to search Pinterest a little more! It’s kind of one of those things, where you can’t wait to have something and then when you finally have it, you aren’t sure about it. Don’t get me wrong, I love how the shirt itself turned out, I am not sure I pull off chambray button ups well. I need to play around with styling it more.
I bought the Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Handmade shortly after it was released. Like many of my patterns, it say in my stash awhile before I finally got around to making it. I wanted a chambray shirt for the Button Up Pencil pictures, so I pulled out the Cheyenne pattern and got started. As with any Hey June pattern, this one had clear instructions and illustrations. There is a body measurement chart and a finished garment chart which I absolutely love. She also includes instructions for shortening/lengthening, a link for a full bust adjustment tutorial, cutting layouts, pieces to cut, an interfacing guide, and more. She does a great job with the details. She also scatters tips throughout the pattern. I love learning little tips from other Indie designers!
The pattern comes in sizes XS-2XL and includes two views. View A is a standard collared button down tunic (the view I made). View B has a dropped neckline, no collar, and a partial placket. Both views can have an optional added sleeve tab and a shirt length line is you prefer not to make a tunic.
The instructions to sew the placket are very clear and easy to follow. I made the easier of the two, but read through the view B placket instructions and thought they were very well written and clear. The instructions use french seams so the inside is very clean and polished. If you don’t want to do french seams, she gives instructions on how to skip that step. The yoke on the back of the shirt is assembled in a really cool way to give a clean finish both on the outside and in!
I love the fit of the tunic. I do need to make some adjustments to the arms for next time though. I am finding out my bust measurements are an odd size for the rest of my body. Unfortunately they are too small, so I end up with tight sleeves/arm syces on many of the woven garments I make. I will make adjustments for any future Cheyenne’s!
What I loved about this pattern:
-The clean interior finish
-The tunic length, I absolutely love wearing tunics!
-The detailed and clear easy to follow instructions/illustrations.
-Having two options in one pattern.
Size Sewn: Small graded to Medium for hips.
Measurements: Bust: 33″ Waist-29″ Hips-39.5″
Cost: Fabric: $18.00, Buttons: free (re-used from old shirts).
Pants: Birkin Flares