I’m a gingko girl

I’m a gingko girl


I’m rather partial to a gingko tree and we’re lucky that we have a few in our garden that are in various stages of losing their leaves.  After all, it is Autumn here in Melbourne!


Even though it’s technically time for cold weather sewing, I do dream about summer sewing and making lots of flowing silk tops.  Therefore, when Paprika Patterns released the Onyx Shirt two days ago I hit the buy button that night, headed to the copy shop the next day, sewed up a wearable muslin in a ginko print this morning and nearly froze this afternoon when taking these photos!  The effort was definitely worth it as this pattern is just my thing.



The Onyx Shirt has two versions and I’ve made View A with a scooped neck and without the sleeve cuffs.


One of the great things about his pattern is that all of the features are interchangeable.  As I didn’t add cuffs, I extended the sleeves by two inches (5cm).  Next time, yes there will definitely be a next time, I’m going to see how it looks as drafted but without both the cuffs and my sleeve extension.

Onyx Shirt Line Drawing

The other things I love about this pattern…

  • It has a subtle high-low hem
  • It’s dartless… which is great when you don’t want to interrupt a geometric pattern or stripes, or let’s face it, when you’re sewing with silk and trying to minimise your seams… or is that just me?
  • the ‘hacking’ potential – can you also visualise a gathered or pleated skirt attached to the cropped version?


When you buy this pattern Lisa provides lots of information to help with sizing.  Sizes 1 to 6 are drafted for a b cup and sizes 7 to 10 use a different block that is drafted for a c cup.  I’m definitely outside the suggested cup range, but took a gamble and sewed up the size 4 which correlated to my bust size.  I think the fit is good, but I might try the size 3 next time as this version is a smidge big in the shoulders and there is still a little room in the bust.  A smaller size might require an FBA… but I think I’m going to keep tweaking this pattern until it’s just right before letting myself lose on my silk stash!


Pattern:  Paprika Pattern’s Onyx Shirt
Japanese cotton lawn from Spotlight (confession – I have the orange colourway too!)
Alterations:  I left off the cuffs and extended the sleeves by 2 inches and left off the cuffs
Accessories:   Silk scarf (which is really a bow tie!) is a recent op shop (thrift store) find and shoes from Peter Sheppard.


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