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I made this shirt for my sister as a Christmas gift. It took a lot of work, but it worth it, because she enjoyed to wear it :) I hoped she liked it, but I wasn’t sure untill Christmas eve.

I chose this design, because it isn’t very fitted (she couldn’t try it), and I remembered some similar items in her wardrobe. I took the Emily pattern as a basic, then I altered it completely. I added a front placket with pintucks and shirring to the front, a mandarin collar, and made gethered, 3/4 sleeves. I added a tiny bow to the sleeve cuffs, because my sister always wears a bow. For doing the alterations I used the steps of making the Stella blouse in Cal Patch’s book. With her permission I show you how I did it.

I cut out of the originally white fabric the front bib part, then dyed the other piece to be blue – azzurro, how it’s called in italian. This colour looks good on my sister, and good for the office, too.

The inside is very neat, too, for the sides, sleeves, shoulders I used french seams.