Good morning! I’m happy to share with you my newest make, hot off the sewing machine this week, the Bonn Shirt. Leslie from ThreadBear Garments and Fleurine from Sew Mariefleur kindly asked me to join in the Itch to Stitch Holiday Blog Tour, and I was thrilled to try out a new to me pattern company!
Kennis, the designer over at Itch to Stitch did not disappoint! I’ve kind of had a thing for button down shirts lately, so I was excited to sew up the Bonn Shirt, a tailored, fitted button down. I first spotted this shirt when Allie at Indiesew added this pattern to their fall collection! I loved all of the Bonn Shirts I saw popping up on Instagram!
The Bonn Shirt comes with a lot of options….sleeve length, short, 3/4 or long. It can be sewn in shirt length or dress length. And Kennis has cup size options, which is amazing! I’m an A cup, generally needing (but not always doing) a small bust adjustment to patterns. Since there’s a cup size option, I simply pieced together the Bonn shirt in a size 6A.
So from all of these options I sewed the shirt length with long sleeves. The only minor changes I made to the pattern were the size of my hem and the lack of topstitching. The pattern calls for topstitching down the front button bands. I skipped that entirely, which I’ve seen on a ready to wear shirt. The button holes and buttons (as well as the hem) hold the placket in place. And the hem, instead of a 3/8 inch hem folded over twice, I wanted to preserve as much length, so I did a 1/4 inch hem, folded over twice.
I sewed this up in a shirt weight fabric from Style Maker Fabrics. I was looking for a windowpane fabric, and loved the green and white colors on this one. Style Maker Fabrics has an easy search option, I typed in windowpane in the search and it immediately pulled up the four options that were in stock! The fabric is much like you would see on a men’s button up. I love the crispness of the shirt, and love that it does not wrinkle easily. I took these pics after wearing the shirt all day and there’s hardly a wrinkle in sight. I am excited, though, to try sewing this pattern in a fabric with a little more drape. I love how changing the fabric can make the same pattern look so different!
You might recognize these buttons from my Alder Dress. When I ordered buttons for the dress, I ordered a bulk package, leaving me with a lot of silver buttons! I love the pairing of a crisp button down with some unexpected silver buttons!
I’d be silly to not share anything about these jeans. These are the first pair of Ginger Jeans I’ve sewn. I’ve never blogged about them, and need to some day. They deserve a post of their own…they get worn at least once a week, and I’ve had them completed for months. For now, I’ll just say that I love them, I love the pattern, and the cone mills denim they ware sewn in is perfect!
Here’s all of the Itch to Stitch Holiday Blog tour details…which you definitely should check out! These ladies sewed up some incredible things! Kennis is offereing you a discount on all Itch to Stitch patterns,16% off until December 11th, midnight CST, using the code “holiday 16”. And if you are shopping for fabric, Style Maker Fabrics is offering shipping for $5 in the US and discounted international shipping, too!