Altered linen Lara shirt
This is the Lara shirt pattern, which I made before, but with shorter sleeves, using leftover linen-cotton blend from my jumpsuit. The original pattern has wide sleeves with a dropped shoulder seam - I didn’t have enough leftover fabric to cut the whole pattern so I thought if I left the sleeve pieces out, the dropped shoulder would be long enough to become a short kimono / grown-on sleeve.
I didn’t make any pattern alterations to start with, apart from discarding the sleeve pieces. Once I had the backs and fronts sewn up and tried it on, without the weight of the longer sleeves the new kimono sleeves were sort of sticking up and out at the edges. In a stiffer fabric that might have actually looked quite cool in an architectural sort of way, but it didn’t look right as it was. I could see just by pinching it while it was on that taking out a wedge of fabric on either side of the shoulder seam would probably get it lying how I wanted it to, so it was just a matter of unpicking & resewing that seam slightly on a slant, then trimming it.
The thing I’m most pleased with on this shirt is how the mandarin collar is sitting. It looked fine on the one I made before, but I think just using ever so slightly thicker / crisper material really shows off the collar design to full advantage - it stands up away from the shirt very nicely.
Once it was done apart from buttons I tried on and really loved how clean and simple it looked with a plain front, so instead of doing buttons & buttonholes I did poppers / snap fasteners. Really happy with that choice, I think without the visual interruption of buttons on the front you really appreciate the lines and shape of the design.
And it’s very comfortable to wear - lots of room in the sides but still elegant!