Straight off the assembly line


I’ve sewn The Assembly Line’s Cap Sleeve Shirt with an added pocket.  Why a pocket you ask?  Well, I *might* of needed to hide a bit of flower boob!  Feel free to laugh with me!


I decided when I purchased this cotton/viscose blend from The Cloth Shop (work) earlier this year, that I wasn’t going to even attempt to pattern match the large sunflowers.  I therefore happily cut out this project without any regard to pattern placement.  Boy that was a mistake!


During on a half sewn try-on I realised my error.  Thankfully the next day I had a coffee catch-up with the lovely Kirsten Johnstone and she was wearing her version of the same pattern with an added pocket.  Thanks for the ace pocket idea Kirsten.


The pocket is from Ann Ringstrand’s book “Sew – 10 New Fashion Styles”.  It’s the pocket used on the Saint Shirt and Saint Dress.  It’s not a rectangle.  The side closest to the side seam is angled so the pocket is wider at the top than the bottom.  It’s subtle, but I like it!


You’ll  see from all my photos that I’ve styled my shirt tucked in.  Width wise this is a generous garment.  I found that tucking the shirt in avoids me feeling overwhelmed with the volume.


And this belt, well that dates back to my corporate working days.  It’s at least 17 years old, and possibly more like 20!


I purchased these buttons from The Ark when they sold the excess fabric and notions in their flagship store in Malvern (8+ years ago???).  I’m so pleased these buttons have finally found the right project.


You can see from this Instagram post that I hand basted the collar stand before matching stitching.  It improves my accuracy ten fold!


The cuffs include quite a few layers of fabric and a layer of interfacing, so I would recommend that you use a light weight fabric if you are making a Cap Sleeve Shirt.


The final word, I’m pretty pleased with this new addition to my wardrobe.


Pattern:  The Assembly Line’s Cap Sleeve Shirt
Size:  Small
Fabric:  Viscose/Cotton blend from The Cloth Shop [sold out]
Alterations:  3/8″ (1cm) forward shoulder adjustment and an added pocket
Outfit:  Pants from COS (2+ years old), second hand funkis clogs (from years ago), belt from corporate working days, beach glass earrings by Susan Ewington Jewellery and vintage silver bracelets
Photo Location:  Eastern Suburbs, Melbourne


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  • Very nice shirt you’ve made! It is an unusual fabric print that I might have passed, but it looks great! Thanks for the reminder to baste the collar area – I will do that from now on, including on a cotton flannel circa 1978 V9906 shirt up next. I just finished the linen wearable muslin. Interesting style, newly popular. We’re headed to colder weather here, the reason for flannel sewing. I really like your posts and always find them inspiring and useful!😁

  • Such a beautiful print and colours.