I’m an artist and while I love dancing around wearing bananas, putting on a tutu and exploring another country, or wearing the brightest of colors, I’m also preppy at heart. Weird right? I am also an expressive artist who is a type-A, straight “A” (when in school) student. I don’t always make sense.
I have at least 6 button-up collared shirts in my closet (and I’ve majorly paired down) because they are honestly my favorite kind of shirt. See, preppy. When I got this union chambray from Maker Mountain Fabrics I knew it had to be a Cheyenne Tunic.
The Cheyenne Tunic normally is a looser fit. My measurements had me in a size 4. I had a feeling I wanted to size down, and I saw that there was a good amount of ease built into the pattern. I went ahead and measured the circumference of my favorite oxford just in case, which had a 36” finished measurement. This was similar to the size 2.
I went with that size and made no adjustments to the pattern other than….. the sleeves. I wanted a puckered sleeve! I actually wanted it to be a higher pucker/gather, but the fabric was thin. If I had put something there when I sewed it on I think it would’ve stood up a little bit more.
I watched this tutorial on how to take a normal sleeve pattern and add gathers. (Now I want to watch all her videos!) I traced the original pattern piece and just did what she said (splitting the sleeve in 4 parts, measuring and taping down). I believe I spaced 3 top pieces 5 cm apart. I love the sleeves on my new shirt!
Obligatory jump for joy, but it was frigid out there!! I also love my buttons. They are wooden with orange paint only on the outer rim (from JoAnn’s).