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The Classic White Shirt

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...or any other colour/print you choose.  Every wardrobe needs one of these.  StyleARC pattern Crystal Over-shirt is a great design for this classic garment.  It features the flattering asymmetrical hem, on-trend back button detail, three-quarter sleeves, and an optional side loop and button to create a side seam drape  Another plus is the generous wearing ease that makes it oh-so-comfortable.

Techniques you will learn in this Sew-Along:

  • how to adjust the position of your bust dart (raise or lower it)
  • how to adjust for a full bust
  • mastering the tab front opening
  • how to sew the classic shirt collar with separate collar stand, including a bonus video on how to create a new 'easy-to-sew' collar stand.  Learn how to achieve perfect points on your collar.
  • interfacing techniques for the collar
  • how to mitre hem corners for that professional look
  • tips for buttonholes and attaching buttons

Lots of things to learn.

Your pattern can be purchased from StyleARC at a 15% discount.

This Sew-Along will be for Guild members only.  To register, send an email to  Provide your full name, member number and email address.  You will be sent a discount code to purchase either a downloadable pattern via Etsy or a printed pattern from the StyleARC website.  The discount code will be valid for two weeks only, commencing 21st March 2016 and ending 3rd April.  Of course, you can still buy the pattern for full price after the closing date.

When does the Sew-Along start?

May 16th is kick-off day.  Sewing instructions will be emailed to each participant, over 5 consecutive days.  Block out the 5 days in your diary and devote yourself to a sew-a-thon....OR collect the instructions and work on the shirt at your leisure.  No pressure, no deadlines - just get it finished in your own time!

More about the pattern and choosing a size

StyleARC pattern sizing is not the same as other commercial patterns - we think their sizing more realistically reflects the shape of women today.  Please check their size chart.  The Crystal Over-shirt has generous wearing ease.  However, if you have a full bust (D cup or larger) I recommend you take your high bust measurement rather than full bust measurement.  That means you measure above the fullest part of the bust - your tape measure should be across your shoulder blades in the back and then angled up to be snug under your arms and across your chest (above the bust).  Treat this measurement as your full bust when deciding what size to buy.

Example:  Your full bust measurement is 119 cm (47 inches) and your high bust measurement is 112 cm (44 inches).  You would buy a size 18 pattern which is sized for a 112 cm (44 inch) bust.

You will learn how to adjust the pattern to add extra fullness at the apex of the bust, while keeping the area from shoulder to bust apex fitting correctly.

Choosing your fabric

This pattern looks great as the classic white shirt but feel free to use any colour you wish, or opt for a print if that's what pushes your buttons.  Just keep the fabric soft - silk, crepe, or soft shirting fabric like Japanese cotton.  Click here for information about meterage and finished shirt measurements.  It's a loose fitting shirt so if you use a crisp fabric it will end up looking like a tent.


  1. Really looking forward to this one, only downer will be that I leave on my cruise 15th May, so will have to collect the instructions and make it on my return. Great choice of shirt and the techniques will be great to learn. Thanks for another great challenge Louise!

  2. This shirt was a matter for high discussion at guild yesterday. It was suggested that if you download, you get multiple sizes as against one size in the purchased pattern (will have to confirm this). One concern was that, with the downloadable pattern, some printing companies; namely OfficeWorks; won't print the pattern if it has 'copyright' anywhere on the pattern!! I suggest getting an email from Style Arc giving permission. Looking forward to this Sew Along too - LOVE my cowl neck! Thank you Louise for such clear instructions!

  3. How come I hear about this on...April 5?? Too late to get the 15% discount, however love the idea of the sewalong. Will be settled in my little home from home in Umbria end of April, with a clear diary for May -- will settle down in my little sewing nook to join in. Suggest forget Officeworks and just print on home printer -- but remember to check 100% in printer settings or pieces will be 2% below size!! It really doesn't take that long to,stick bits together, and then trace. Or just buy from Stylearc..and trace off!! PS LOVE StleArc patterns.

    1. Sorry you got late notice of the Sew-Along. It was advertised in the March newsletter which was emailed to all members on 25th March.
      Wish I was sitting in a sewing nook in Umbria! :)