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Monday, May 27, 2019

Chambray Traveler Shirt

Simplicity 2246 sewing pattern review.

I sewed Simplicity 2246/Lisette Traveler last in 2014. It was actually one of my very first sewing blog posts.  I wore both versions constantly until I got pregnant later that year and couldn't fit into them anymore.  I packed them away into a bin of "skinny clothes," and there they sat until a couple of months ago, when I had finally lost enough weight to integrate them back into my wardrobe.  Once again, they are my favorite shirts to wear, so I decided it was time to make a new one.

An untucked dotted chambray shirt, sewn from the Simplicity 2246/Lisette Traveler sewing pattern, worn with green jeans.

I still had the pattern pieces that I drafted for my second version from five years ago, so that is what I cut.  It's a size 14 with an FBA, graded to a 16 waist and hip, and a size 16 armscye and sleeve.  The sleeve is still a bit tight, so I sewed the bicep area and upper bodice with a 1/4" seam allowance instead of 5/8", blending back out to 5/8" a few inches out.

Back view of a dotted chambray shirt sewn from the Simplicity 2246/Lisette Traveler sewing pattern.

As I was cutting the pieces, I noted how high the sleeve cap is on this pattern.  You might remember my musings about sleeve folds in this post about my Lonetree jacket. A couple of people commented that perhaps the sleeve cap wasn't high enough in the makes where I had folds. I wasn't sure about that, however, I don't really have folds in this pattern and the sleeve cap is quite high (and a little tricky to ease in, actually). I set it in flat instead of in the round so that it would be easier to take in/let out in the future.  Since this sleeve doesn't give me giant folds cascading down my arm, I will probably use it in other garments in the future.

Side view of a dotted chambray shirt sewn from the Simplicity 2246/Lisette Traveler sewing pattern.

I realized as I was cutting the pattern that I had somehow lost the chest pocket pattern piece. So I drafted my own. I'm not sure how I feel about them - they are a tiny bit too big and I couldn't figure out exactly where to place them.

The fit on this is pretty good. I do find that the mid-upper-back area is a little bit tight, and the sleeves are still a little tight, too.

A woman wearing a dotted chambray shirt sewn from the Simplicity 2246/Lisette Traveler sewing pattern, with her hands on her hip.

I sewed the mandarin-collar view and inserted a little ruffle which I made by cutting a piece of fabric about 1.5 times the length of the area I wanted to insert it into.  This pattern only comes as a tunic or a dress, but I shortened it into a shirt.

I used shank buttons from my stash (originally from a thrift-store button bag).  I probably should have spaced the buttons closer and added a couple more, but it's done now.

I'm pretty happy with this piece; it was sewn from a piece of chambray that has been in my stash for three years, and that matches several of my skirts and my green Ginger jeans.

Modeling a dotted chambray shirt made from the Simplicity 2246/Lisette Traveler sewing pattern.

And that's all I have to say about that. Thanks for reading, ad see you next time!


  1. Fantastic. What a versatile, good looking wardrobe staple! The fit is perfect on you and I love it with the skirt.

  2. I am so jealous, that fit is just what I want.
    Grr, wish we were closer so that you could help me fit.
    You are looking so well.

  3. I love this shirt on you! I have made a couple of item from that fabric and it feels lovely and washes well. This shirt has longevity!
    It looks like it will fit in nicely with your current wardrobe too.


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