Here’s Style Arc‘s Juliet shirt being worn. This is an asymmetrical style with a front tie that is sewn into the side seam on the left and grows directly out of the front bodice piece on the right. It’s an interesting variation on a classic shirt. These photos were taken with it in its fresh off the sewing machine state, hence the relative lack of creasing.
I really like this shirt. But at the same time I want to pull the pattern apart and change things to make it even better. For one, the back is unshaped and quite plain. I think it could do with some darts, and I’d like a yoke to break up the large expanse of fabric. I’m also not entirely convinced by the three quarter length sleeves. They look good in photos but I prefer full length. Incidentally this pattern runs very long in both body and sleeve. I have lengthened it, but not nearly as much as I normally would need to. Otherwise I’d say it’s true to size.
The asymmetric tie was what originally drew me to the design but now I’ve sewed it up I find the conventional left side tie (the one sewn into the side seam) a bit unsatisfactory. It doesn’t sit as nicely as the right tie. Next time I’d do the left front as a mirror image of the right front piece with the grown on tie. That will use a lot more fabric; the pattern piece for the right front is so big you couldn’t cut it on the fold even on wide fabric.
One other interesting little detail on the pattern is the stepped hem. The back is about 5cm longer than the front. I wasn’t convinced the difference was enough when I saw the pattern pieces; maybe it would look like a mistake! But I went with it and the effect is growing on me now.
I’ve put the shirt with my silver jeans here, but I suspect it’ll go well with a wide variety of bottoms. It might even work tucked in? I will have to experiment.
Thanks to my husband for taking the pictures.
7 thoughts on “Nearly perfect: Style Arc Juliet”
Classic with a twist (or should that be tie?)
This is an interesting design! I really like the right-hand tie. I do have a Burda top with a tie front a bit like this, though it has two of the left-side ties. I found that I ended up tying the ties either to one side or round the back to stop them getting in the way.
This one definitely works best tied to one side. Since we took the pictures I’ve found it works better tied in a bow!
I LOVE this on you. And I actually really like the open expanse of “plain” on the back (though I’m sure darts and a yoke would be lovely, this is more unexpected).
I never used to notice, and then I heard the phrase ‘coffin back’ and it’s stuck with me 🙂
Awesome! I love a crisp white shirt and this one suits you. I just finished one too; post next week!
Love this! It looks so cool. The asymmetrical ties are a very fun feature.
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