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Camas Blouse by Thread Theory


I've written about Thread Theory patterns before. I made my husband shorts with the Jedediah pattern, and also have made the Henley T shirt, which you can see below. But, when Morgan announced the Camas Blouse Sew Along, I ordered the pattern right away.  I made a muslin in a jersey knit in navy blue. I had a little trouble with the button placket, but realized that I was installing it the wrong way. Oooops!  Then, I switched to a woven fabric, as the shirt fit well, after I made a full bust adjustment by adding an extra 1/2 inch to the gathered edge.

I tried it again in a grey shirt flannel and made the yoke in a buttery faux leather. I also changed the back gathers into a pleat. The neckline is a little more open than I'd like. I could have raised it a little, but I also like the feeling and look of having a camisole underneath. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. And I like to support Thread Theory, because they specialize in men's patterns, and Matt and Morgan just seem so darn hard working and nice!

I learned to insert a placket, using a Craftsy class on shirt details with David Page Coffin, the shirt guru. I also have been watching Lynda Maynard's class on Finishing Edges so my shirt bindings are getting better. Sewing with knits is a challenge only because the knits i have bought at Fabricville, tend to only last a few wearings before they start to pill. I think, now that I have some well fitting patterns, I will have to buy more expensive fabric, but less of it. That suits me fine. I hate the pilling--it is a waste of my time. So, suggestions for on line knit fabrics That won't pill would be welcome.