It didn't take me long to break into the new stash of Liberty fabrics. I think I said I was planning a dress or skirt with this cotton lawn in the print Bamboo Garden Eggshell. When I started draping it around me, though, I knew it had to be a classic collared shirt.
I used the recently-released McCalls 7351, which is actually a shirtdress pattern, but I had it on hand so I used the pattern exactly out of the envelope to just below the bust darts, and then I used my waist and hip measurements plus a few inches ease to cut the rest of the shirt. I made sure to cut it on the big side and fine-tuned the side seam fit at the end. It worked out great!
I am wearing the blouse with my black Simplicity 1696 pants. I had previously taking in the outseams on these pants when the textured fabric stretched. I am considering removing the waistband and making it smaller and lower due to the same fabric issues. I have to say, though, that since adjusting the outseam, these fit much better and don't bag out through the day. I just have to make sure to wear a belt to keep them up.
For the back yoke facing, I used a plain white cotton to avoid any potential show-through of the pattern on the lightweight lawn. The back pleat makes this very comfortable to wear.
here). The organza makes the collar behave.