Earlier this last spring I wanted to make myself a casual shirt or two that were a little fancier than my standard t-shirts. I started with the Gallery Tunic by Oliver+S. The pattern can be sewn as either a tunic or a dress with or without the collar. It is a pretty basic tunic with an A-line shape.
This is my muslin. I didn't do much to it other than shorten the sleeves. I did add darts. Directions are provided in the pattern.
There is also a weird pleat at the front under the placket. I don't love that either. It makes it feel like a maternity top to me.
I'm also not a fan of how the sleeve cuffs were attached. Instead of having a pleat in the sleeve there is just a gap between the ends of the cuff. It seems unfinished to me.
The Gallery tunic overall is fine. It doesn't have much shape, which I guess is the style. It also doesn't have very many details to make it a little more interesting. I found the Mila Shirt pattern by Itch to Stitch and it was everything I was looking for. It has a loose-easy feel to it, but has a little shape to it. It also has more details like a yoke, pocket, button placket, and button tabs on the sleeves. I like these extra details.
The first one I made was in cotton poplin. This is my muslin. I didn't have to change anything except shorten the shoulder seam of the yoke.
I like the yoke on the back. I cut it on the bias to create the diagonal stripes of the plaid. There is also a box pleat on the back under the yoke. I sewed it on backward in the chambray shirt. It still works.
After making the plaid shirt I made one from cotton chambray.
The sleeves could be a little shorter. Other than that, the fit is fine. I used my machine's triple-stitch on the top stitching to achieve a thicker-looking tread. I like how it turned out.
I also like how the cuffs came together.
Finally, I made a shirt from double gauze. This is my favorite so far. It is so soft and comfortable. It was great in the middle of spring when it was still a little chilly. If it weren't so g.d. hot already I'd be wearing it still.
I also have some flannel that I had planned to use for a fourth shirt. Then it warmed up and it seemed pointless to me. I might make another one in the fall. We'll see.