I finished this spandex Cheyenne shirt a month ago right before we went away for Christmas. I LOVE it and have worn it at least once a week since I finished it. It fits perfectly in my wardrobe and goes with almost everything in my wardrobe. I’ve always loved the idea of a white button up shirt. It’s preppy, classic, and versatile. But as I was analyzing my wardrobe and analyzing a white button up shirt, I realized it was a little boring. I think I love the idea of a white button up shirt, but it would end up sitting in my closet. So instead of giving up on the idea I reworked the idea. I love henleys so I thought I would make a white half button up. Once I came up with that idea I knew I would love it.
I had some white linen spandex fabric that I got from Hancock Fabric’s right before they closed down. I don’t remember what I initially wanted to do with it, but I think I wanted to make a Cheyenne with it. I can’t refer you to the fabric but here are two stretch linen fabrics that I found: Stretch Linen White Fabric* and Telio Avellino Stretch Linen White Fabric*. I can’t say anything for these fabrics since I haven’t tried them, but my linen spandex is a medium weight so it is perfectly opaque. (I love not wearing something underneath!)
I decided to combine both views of the Cheyenne tunic* along with the Dressy Talk Woven Tee Pattern that I used for my rayon challis woven tee. That way I would get a half button placket, the collar and long sleeves of the button up shirt, and the fitted fit with darts. Here’s how to sew a collar and how to make a collar lie flat. I added length to the waist but none to the sleeves. I can tell the sleeve caps needed a little more height, but it still works. I took about four inches total out of the circumference and added a dart. Here’s how to open a buttonhole.
I think it’s a little tight across my shoulders but the spandex in the fabric makes it quite comfortable. The sleeves are long enough, the collar is perfect, and I love the interest and detail of the half button placket. The hem flips up a little bit which is annoying, but I still wear it a lot. I love wearing it under cardigans or sweaters.
This spandex Cheyenne shirt really turned out perfectly and exactly the way I wanted it to. I think the key to my success was after getting my fabric; I thought about it for awhile before deciding on something. Then I thought about the weight of the fabric, and I planned out my project carefully. Then I used some tried and true patterns to get the fit that I wanted. I sewed slowly and carefully so that I didn’t make any mistakes. I wear it a lot, and it just goes with everything. I feel like I finally made a really successful sewing project that I’ll wear until there’s holes in it.
Learn How to Sew Your Own Clothes
- If you want to learn how to sew your own clothing you need to start somewhere. These are the Things I Wish I Could Tell Myself Before I Started Sewing. They will help any beginner who wants to learn how to sew.
- Then you can read some Tips to Start Sewing Clothing.
- Once you start you’ll get better at using a sewing machine, but you’ll make clothing that you might not wear or love. I made every mistake and this is How to Sew Clothing You’ll Love. (Avoid my mistakes!)
- As you get better and better you’ll need to learn How to Choose Fabric for Sewing Clothes and the Best Fabrics for Sewing Clothing. I recommend fabrics that I love, but you’ll find the fabric you love the best.
- You can use paper patterns which are great to buy on sale or you can use PDF patterns which are great for instant gratification. There are lots of Different Ways to Assemble PDF Patterns so you need to find what works for you.
- Lastly, when you are sewing your own clothing and you are drawn to lots of different printed fabric, you need to learn How to Make a Versatile Handmade Wardrobe + Free Printable so that all the items in your wardrobe can coordinate with another item of clothing and be worn!