Stitch Exchange: Introducing the Nell Shirt!

Hello everyone, we have a new sewing pattern


Nell is a beautiful, softly-shaped shirt with unique collar and cuff details. This shirt draws inspiration from a variety of places. We looked at classic button down shirts, tuxedo shirts, and vintage shirts for both men and women. We wanted an easy-to-wear top that could be made up in many different fabrications for different looks. It was also important to us to design something with some details that would set this shirt apart from other sewing patterns on the market. We love the collar and cuff details we settled on!

The V detail is very flattering and offers a lovely line to the neck and wrist. The collar can be worn standing up or folded down, with very interesting lines created by both wearing options. 

The front panel is another visually interesting element of this shirt, and it's a fun puzzle to sew! It is fully lined so that you can wear the collar folded down and still have a very sleek look. For the cleanest look you will want to line the front panel with the same fabric you are using for the shell of the shirt. For a fun detail you can line the front panel and cuffs with a contrasting fabric -- a perfect time for a little secret Liberty!

We also love how Nell can be sewn from a wide variety of fabrics. Make this shirt up out of a naturally dyed linen, double gauze, or a shirting fabric for a casual look; or make her up out of a silk or silk blend for an elevated, evening look. Nell also works out of a light garment weight wool for a wonderful cold weather layer! 


Another perfect fabric option is our handspun, handwoven, organic khadi cloth! The khadi is a great alternative to a shirting fabric for the Nell, it's a little more casual but still has a sophisticated feel. 

Nell is our most advanced pattern thus far, it's a great opportunity to stretch your sewing abilities with some more advanced construction. However, if you are feeling hesitant we will be doing a Nell sew-a-long in the coming months! Stay tuned for more details! 

Nell is available as an immediate download, as well as a printed pattern.

We hope you like this new addition to our pattern line! As a reminder, we have samples of all of our patterns in the full range of sizes sewn up in the store. Please come in and try them on if you are feeling hesitant about what size to make for yourself. 

As always if you have any questions or comments about the patterns please feel free to contact us!

Happy sewing!

-- Tasa