This shirt is made from the same pattern I used for my His Girl Friday shirt. (I think I might name all my homemade garments after classic movies or broadway tunes. Because that's just fun.) The pattern is Built By Wendy/Simplicity 4112. The fabric is a Heather Ross for FreeSpirit. I love her scraggly sweet flowers. They are so endearing. And I just noticed this print also comes in brown. Oh, must order some of that.
I had some sleeve issues with this shirt. I'm finding that short sleeves are tricky. The short sleeves that Wendy included in this pattern are large and bell-shaped. They are cut on the bias, and hemmed with an itty-bitty baby hem.
I made one of these sleeves, sewed it in, and promptly decided it looked ridiculous on me. I wasn't able to cut the sleeve on the bias as the pattern instructs because I didn't want my flowers growing diagonally. Instead I cut it straight on the fabric, and the resulting drape of the fabric was less than elegant. Fugly, in fact.
I ripped out the monster bell sleeve and set in small cap sleeves from a different pattern. Much better. I finished the sleeve with a bias binding, which gives it a nice shape as well as durability. I do want to try the bell sleeves again. They do look interesting and I think with a lighter-weight fabric they would be beautifully fluttery.
Twin, being my own best critic, thinks I look a little tight-laced in this shirt. She didn't use the words "prim" or "old-maidish," but I could tell she was thinking it. I'm not bothered. As Sky Masterson would tell you, prudishness can have its own brand of appeal.