Tencel Twill Willamette Shirt

Can you believe it?  I already sewed one of my goal patterns for this year: the Hey June Willamette Shirt!  For this procrastinator, that’s truly remarkable considering it’s only March.  Ha!  I used the new tencel twill from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and it is divine.

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Also I think I get a medal because I took these pictures before 8am and it was 23 degrees outside.  Also Brian gets a medal for taking the pictures before coffee. 😉

This project was a really great blend of challenge and easy.  I sewed up View B and did my usual +1″ adjustment for my height.  The actual techniques used are simple and Adrianna really does a fantastic job explaining how to get a great finish with all of the steps.  In particular, the pseudo burrito roll yoke/collar/facing trick is awesome.  But it’s a lot of topstitching and if you’re anything like me you rip out any stitching that isn’t perfect and do it again so…it can take a bit of time.  Plus two very visible pockets, a placket and a buttonhole (my machine hates buttonholes) miiiight put me over the edge at 11pm when I tend to sew.  However the result is so polished, I seriously want to make more of these.  The style is so light and airy, it will be great for spring and summer.

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Can we talk about this fabric?!  It’s the new tencel twill from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and it is really awesome.  I used the dusty light purple colorway.  You know how sometimes rayon challis is a bit slippery?  Or sometimes it is just too airy to lay well in a shirt?  This is neither of those things.  It’s soooo easy to sew and drapes beautifully.  It has a soft, almost kinda suede-y feel to it as well.  My finished project definitely feels pretty high end due to this.

I’ve seen quite a few people sewing up the new Joy Jacket with this tencel so I was a bit curious as to how it would lay with a shirt.  Well, it’s not too thick at all!  In fact I am very pleased with the weight, because it has some substance to it but doesn’t add much bulk.  At the sleeve cuffs I had to sew through 5 layers of fabric.  It wasn’t difficult and it doesn’t feel bunchy in my armpits, which I was actually a little surprised about!

If you have a project in mind where you want to make it just a bit nicer…I’d certainly suggest grabbing some of this tencel!

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I’m really hoping to get to another one of my goal sews before it gets warm out…at the rate we’re going with snow in March I think I should be good. 🙂

Elisabeth

 

 

 

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