The Sewing Workshop Tribeca Shirt

I wore this shirt/Jacket to church today:
tribecashirt 002
This is the Tribeca Shirt from The Sewing Workshop
The tribeca shirt is a simi-fitted, mid-hip shirt or jacket that has french seams, funnel neck, shoulder, bust, and waist darts, set-in two-piece sleeves and narrow hems on all edges.  I had this beautiful piece of teal silk dupioni with couched chenille (purchased from DeLea’s when the shop was in Cherry Creek, Denver, CO, loved that shop!) that I wanted to showcase.  This is a great pattern for that, as it is only 4 pattern pieces and all the shaping is done with darts.  Reviews on PR state that this pattern runs huge, and I found this to be the case also.  According to my bust measurement, I cut out a size 12, but went down to a 10 for a loose jacket style.  If I wanted this as a shirt, I would cut an 8.  I always underline silk dup with organza, but for this I wanted more body.  Plus, the directions have you finishing the collar and center fronts with a turned-under hem (oh no!).  What if I wanted to turn my collar front back as in the above picture?  I didn’t want the hem to show!  I decided to line the entire shirt with self-fabric that I interfaced with a lightweight fusible.  This finishes the collar and provides the stiffness that I wanted.  Now, we all know never to use fusibles on silk dupioni (at least I don’t) because the stuff never stays fused and we’re left with visible bubbles and puckers.  But I did this on the lining, and the only part that will show will be the collar points.  The sleeves got the silk organza.  Here’s another picture:
tribecashirt 001
Buttonholes on silk dupioni?  Hmmmmm, scared of that.  For this I made bound buttonholes, I only had to make 3.  This is a loose-fitting, very comfortable jacket that got lots of compliments today, always a good thing.  If you use this pattern, be prepared to decide how to treat that collar.  If you want it to flip open, as I do, know that the underside will show and plan accordingly.  Also, funnel collars are dramatic and not for everyone, but I kinda like just this one piece in my closet.  This would be beautiful made up in a double-sided or wool with simple pinked edges.  I saw that very thing yesterday in the window of a Coldwater Creek store.  Soon, I’ll be firing my current photographer, and retiring the camera.  I have a new potential hire, but I’m waiting for him to turn ten (don’t ask why).
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