Thea Boho Sleeve Shirt by Liberty

How often do you revisit a pattern? Lately, I have been reaching for quick, easy-to-wear staples but thought this fabric would be a perfect match for the Thea Boho sleeve shirt pattern by Liberty. Plus, I had one of those rare and blissful weekends where I could dedicate a good chunk of time to sewing.

The Thea Boho Sleeve Shirt by Liberty is one of those patterns that you may need a little more time for – and it’s no bad thing. After having made a version of this pattern before, I was prepared for the extra time it takes to complete all the little details, though admittedly, I took a few shortcuts along the way too!

For this version, I decided on view C. If you take a wander around my blog, you may have noticed I have a penchant for billowy sleeves. However, a fabric shortage meant those dreamy, floaty sleeves didn’t quite materialise as planned. I should insert a caveat here that if you do intend to make any of the longer sleeved shirts using this pattern, you may need a little more fabric than first anticipated. I bought this fabric without knowing what pattern I would use it for – sound familiar? When I started placing the pattern pieces on my fabric, I soon realised I would probably need half a metre more – but by then the fabric was out of stock! Cue two hours of trying to ‘jigsaw’ the pieces so I could squeeze them all onto the fabric until I eventually gave up and reduced the size of the sleeve pattern piece (10) to accommodate.

Okay, sizing. I remember I had played it safe with sizing on my previous Thea shirt and it turned out a little big. With this one, I sized down to a 10 throughout which is a much better fit for me. In hindsight, I would have lengthened the sleeves by a couple of inches so they cover my wrists, but to be honest, I had enough trouble trying to figure out the construction! The sleeves include an upper sleeve section and I couldn’t quite figure out how this section should be attached to the lower sleeve. The notches didn’t match up on the sleeve and the armhole, so I ended up gathering the sleeve head a little more to compensate.

The upper sleeve section is pattern piece 7 and looking at the instructions, it appears this part of the sleeve does not attach to the underarm on the main bodice. However, I couldn’t quite figure out how close to the seam on the lower sleeve the edges of the upper sleeve should reach – does that make sense?! Overall, I don’t think this has had a dramatic impact on the overall appearance of the garment but I can’t deny I’m slightly disappointed that I couldn’t quite clarify this step. My advice for this one would be to ensure you transfer all the markings from pattern to fabric and take your time reading the instructions, perhaps you’ll whizz through this step and in which case, I applaud you!

Okay, this little faux pas I am sure I’m not alone on – constructing the placket. Trust me when I say ALL those pattern markings are essential. I can sometimes get a little lazy with this element of sewing – because I am not the most speedy – but it really is important for this pattern. It took me a little while to figure out how the self-facing should be folded to form the placket so I made sure all markings were transferred before I completed this step, then measured the space of each fold so that they aligned with the dimensions on the pattern sheet.

The shirt came together pretty quickly after that; the fit is much better than the first Thea shirt I made and the fabric feels lovely and soft. On that note, the fabric is the Crinkle Cotton Retro Flowers designed by Pigeon Wishes. I picked up 1.5m from Hey Sew Sister, if you haven’t checked out their online shop, do! There are so many pretty fabrics on there as well as patterns and notions.

I’m looking forward to teaming this shirt with my Dawn jeans or the Tilly and the Buttons Bobbi skirt.

What’s on your sewing table at the moment?

Lorna x

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