Nautical Breton Shirts
Here are the Breton tops that I promised to show you! They were sewn using the Hot Patterns Weekender Breton T pattern that we added to our shop on Tuesday. The pattern includes two sets of pieces - one in women's sizes and one in men's sizes. I sewed both of these in a size Medium from each size range. The women's version features shaping at the neckline and 3/4 sleeves (I lengthened the sleeves to be full length). The men's version is a straight, boxy fit. Both of the patterns include the slightly scooped classic Breton neckline. I sewed the men's top using our Canadian made interlock fabric and the women's top using a rayon knit with considerable drape that I found at my local fabric shop. I am always on the look out for navy and white stripes but have yet to find a Breton Stripe (or any stripe) that is nice for menswear. They all seem to include spandex or too much drape. If I ever do, I will certainly add it to the fabrics that we carry in our shop! I really like how this neckline sews together on this pattern! Self binding is sewn to the front neckline first. Next, the front and back of the shirt, along with a long strip of self binding, are sandwiched together so that the shoulder seams and binding is attached in one go! After the seam is sewn, the binding folds over the shoulder seam allowances and back neckline seam allowance to create a very tidy interior and clean exterior. I haven't tried this type of neckline finish before but am now a big fan! I didn't get any photos of the inside of the shirt because I gave them to my models (Matt's brother and his wife). Darn! The instructions include an error in the order that you must sandwich the layers together but I have included a note within each pattern to explain how I think you should sew it! Here is the note that I include: This was Mike and Sonia's first foray into modelling (I didn't really give them an option!). They are avid sailors and just got home from sailing to Hawaii in the Vic-Maui race! When I saw this very nautical pattern I thought of them. I considered sewing these tops as a wedding gift for them (they got married just before they left on their sailing trip) but thought that a wedding gift that comes with strings attached (an unpaid modelling gig) isn't much of a gift. :P They seemed to enjoy hamming it up for a few minutes though: These were an extremely quick sew. The dropped shoulder and very gently curved sleeve cap make sewing the sleeves extremely simple and fast. Each pattern includes only three pattern pieces plus binding. They made for an excellent summer project (fast enough to sew up in an hour or two so you can wear them that day at the beach or on the boat!). For more info on this pattern, check out the description on our website!