Dinner Shirt Sewing Pattern Variations

Dinner Shirt Sewing Pattern Variations

It was over ten years ago that I designed and made this shirt for sale and I’ve had so many different versions of it in my wardrobe since.  The fit of this shirt is tailored and body conscious with a back yoke, panel seams front and back, a two-piece collar and tab, and a dinner shirt style bib in the front.  There is a short and long sleeve version with the option of cutting the sleeves on either the straight or bias grain.  The Dinner Shirt Sewing Pattern is so versatile in design as to be both a conservative work shirt and fun party shirt in the one pattern.

The seaming in this design is an opportunity to make a number of exciting variations.  In this first sample I’ve used a single colour bias strip as a contrast trim in a few of the seams of this shirt.  The bias was cut 2cm wide and included in the seam with 1cm showing.  Because the raw edge is bias cut it will become soft and fluffy but will not fray through wash and wear.  I’ve also used the same fabric as a contrast in the under collars and inside lining for the back yoke.  Note I have cut the short sleeves and back yoke on the bias grain to make the most of the yarn dyed check fabric.
The sample below has been cut from a border print fabric I purchased in Bali in 2010.  The border is the bright green sections in the front bib and under collars.  The main part of the cloth has been used for the rest of the shirt.
The shirt featured below is perhaps the most understated of all my shirts.  I’ve used a broderie anglaise in the bib of the dinner shirt and a rip stop weave cotton for the rest of the shirt.  It’s just a small twist on the classic white shirt.
This final sample is one of my earliest dinner shirts with a long sleeve. that I made and sold in 2008.  The fabric is a semi-transparent cotton organdy that has enough tensile strength to make a fitted shirt and enough transparency to create interest with the seaming and the bias trim layering in the front bib.  This trim is complimented by the bias cutting of the long sleeve.
The Dinner Shirt – A photo tutorial of the sewing instructions for the short sleeve shirt using two contrast fabrics is included in your purchase of the pattern.  This sewing pattern comes with two sleeve variations and the option of making some interesting fabric choices for the dinner shirt bib, back yoke lining, and the under collars.
If you have any questions about this pattern or the sewing process, don’t hesitate to use the comments section below. 🙂  If you’d like to share your photos of this blouse you can join my Facebook group, or Instagram.  To be sure I see the posts please use my handle @studiofaro or the hashtag #DinnerShirt.
Anita McAdam
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