First of all, a big THANK YOU to everyone I’ve met through this blog so far! Thanks for the conversations here and on your blogs (as well as Kollabora).
… And now let me bare my sewing woes to you. The topic today is shirts and why they are scary.
My shy ambition for this year is to sew myself a shirt. If you know Tove Jansson’s fantastic children’s books about the Moomintroll family, you will understand what I mean when I say that the shirt has become my Groke.
To put it plainly, I believe my imagination is making the shirt a more daunting project than it perhaps needs to be. The combined challenges of fitting and of careful construction could potentially make it really tough but maybe there’s a way to simplify things and make them appear friendlier?
Here are some shirts that have caught my eye as potential first projects:
-  and  are the two Burda shirts from my silly screenplay post
-  and  are basically one idea: Tilly and the Buttons Mimi Blouse, but modified à la this Burda pattern
-  and  are two views of the Melilot blouse, a new release from Deer and Doe
I am smitten with the Melilot. I really wish Deer and Doe offered a PDF option for their patterns because buying a paper pattern and having it shipped to the US from France seems a bit extravagant to me (and no, I’m not judging anyone here; it’s purely a question of how I make sense of my own spending).
The Melilot seems to have just the right kind of simplicity. Camille’s just blogged version is absolutely stunning, and the two views both look excellent to me.
Not on my list are two notable patterns: Grainline Studio’s Archer (I don’t know why, other than the other shirts seemed simpler) and the By Hand London Sarah. The original pattern photos of the Sarah shirt didn’t appeal to me too much but the design has been growing on me thanks to the simplified versions — especially this one. (Machineless Sewist, the link to your version is inescapable here, that’s how great I find that shirt!)
Now, I also happen to own two McCall’s unisex shirt patterns, M6932 and M6613. (The pattern photos look a little bit like they’ve time-traveled from the ’90s to 2015.) Both were purchased at one of those big sales at Joann Fabrics ($1 each). Even with the Palmer/Pletsch tissue-fitting instructions I have no clue how to conquer the fit… So I’m mentioning them just because I own them.
Do you have any tips? Advice? Words of caution (maybe I should be scared of the shirt)? Stories to share? Feel free to link to your shirt sewing successes!