Ikat Willamette Shirt

Give me all the cropped shirts for summer! Ok, this one isn’t extremely cropped, but close enough to cropped for this Mama of 2.  You guys, it’s finally summer! And while it will be too hot for jeans, white or not, in about 2 seconds here in VA, I think they look pretty awesome with my new Willamette Shirt by Hey June Handmade.  Willamette-5
My only regret with this shirt was that I waited so long to sew it up!  Seriously, I bought and printed the pattern immediately after it was released, and then even cut out my pieces a few weeks ago, but just FINALLY got around to sewing it up.  WHY?? It doesn’t matter now, because it is done and I love it.  I made View C, which is more of a cropped style without the shirttail hem, but added the sleeve cuffs because they are cute, obviously.  I also chose to use the inverted  box pleat on the back.
I used this Ikat chambray that I picked up at The Confident Stitch when we visited Montana last summer.  This fabric is actually a tencel.  It washed up super soft and sewed up so easily.  The Confident Stitch is such a cute shop, and I can never say No to exploring new fabric stores while traveling.  The best part is that they sell online, and this fabric is actually still available (just in case you needed more awesome fabric shops to check out!)Willamette-6
Sorry for the wrinkles.  I had my husband take a bunch of photo’s for me right after I got dressed, then we went out for the day.  When I came home and took a closer look, I realized that my driveway and curb were all prominently featured in the background, so I asked made him retake some photos for me.  Thanks husband of 11 years and 11 months!  (It’s so close to our anniversary!)
I think my interfacing was a little too stiff for this placket.  You can see where the placket puffs out a bit above that top stitching line.  What type of interfacing do you all use?  I had some Pellon 906F on hand that I used.  It is labeled as “Sheer weight” however, I think that’s a bit of a misnomer.  I have only ever used Pellon interfacing from Joanns, but I think it may be time to research and invest in something better. I will gladly take any suggestions.
After looking at these pictures I decided to go back and continue the top stitching down the outer edges of the plackets.  I didn’t originally think it needed it, but really liked how it turned out.  The husband is off duty for pictures though, so you’re just going to have to believe me!
This is my favorite Hey June Pattern that I have sewn to date.  However, I have loved all of the Hey June Patterns I have sewn, so I’m not sure that I’m unbiased at this point.  There are three different views, and I already purchased my first cut of silk (EEEEK!!) to make View A.  The style is so easy to wear, but still looks put together.

What are you sewing up for summer?

Pattern: Willamette Shirt by Hey June Handmade
Size: 2
Fabric: Tencel Chambray from The Confident Stitch

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