Introducing the Bombazine Shirt pattern

Introducing the Bombazine Shirt pattern

 

 

Hello and how are you? It’s been a slightly eventful couple of years since we last made noise around here, but there’s nothing like a sewing pattern to drag us out of hibernation. So here we are, back on the blog and very excited to introduce you to our new pattern, the Bombazine Shirt. We hope you like it!

So what’s this pattern all about? The Bombazine Shirt is our take on the classic leisure shirt. It’s a casual short-sleeved shirt with set-in sleeves that can be easily cuffed and a simple one-piece camp collar. It has a straight hem with side splits and optional details including a patch pocket and button loop if you prefer your shirts buttoned up.

The shirt comes in a range of sizes from A to P (that’s Australian size 6 to 32), taking it up to a 152.2cm chest measurement, which is the measurement we recommend focusing on when selecting your size.  The pattern is available in PDF form from our shop, and includes copy shop and print at home options.

 

Bombazine Shirt

Bombazine Shirt

Bombazine Shirt

Bombazine Shirt

 

This pattern is the culmination of a quest we’ve been on to make an almost archetypal ‘shirt’. Something so simple and easy it could fit neatly into anyone’s wardrobe. We wanted a shirt that lets the fabric do the talking, that looks great on many bodies, that doesn’t shout for attention but sits back, a little aloof, a bit cool and carefree. Hell, we wanted a shirt that would take us out of this pandemic and lockdowns and chaos and stick us on a beach somewhere with a fancy drink with a tiny umbrella and a swizzle stick. We wanted to make a really clean and casual shirt to escape in.

 

Bombazine Shirt

Bombazine Shirt

 

Our inspiration for the Bombazine Shirt came from watching TV, which has been one of the few windows to a bigger world for so many of us during the pandemic. The idea was planted when our teens binged Season 3 of Stranger Things and started asking us to make them copies of Eleven’s 80s shirts. It developed a little further when I blubbered through Romeo and Juliet late one night in deep lockdown and couldn’t stop thinking about Leo’s classic island shirt. And it really took shape when we smashed through A Suitable Boy on Netflix and fell for the simple 1950s men’s shirts that the costume department got so right – including that cute top button loop detail that we love.

 

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We’re so happy to see this idea move from our TV screens, out of our heads, onto the drafting table, through the sewing machines of our lovely friends who tested for us and finally out into the world. We hope that wherever this little pattern lands it finds you safe and well and feeling free. Preferably with a fancy drink in your hand because goodness knows you deserve one. We all do. X

 

Bombazine Shirt

Bombazine Shirt

Bombazine Shirt

Bombazine Shirt

 

Ten per cent of proceeds from sales of this pattern will go to the Sisters Inside #freeher campaign. Free Her is a campaign to support First Nations women in Australia to avoid being imprisoned for unpaid fines. Happy to share monthly donation receipts on request.

 

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4 comments

  • I found your lovely shirt pattern in Felicia’s newsletter and it seems to fit exactly what I’ve been looking for in a summer shirt. I do have a question though…..Where do you source your lovely drapey prints? I am searching for lightweight natural fabrics, with a good drape, which I can buy online within Australia, in a funky print…….and there’s not a lot out there.
    Any suggestions?

    • Hi Penny, thanks for your message. Good drapey print fabrics are really hard to find! We love Atelier Brunette viscose and double gauze (you can get it at http://www.maaidesign.com.au), Drapers has some lovely viscose and silks (www.drapersfabrics.com) and Tessuti has some beautiful silks, double gauzes and floppy fabrics too (www.tessuti-shop.com). Good luck!

      Kate x

  • I have a vintage shirt I bought in 2013 in Paris in an amazing store called Kiliwatch. Because I like it so much, I’ve been looking for the nearest pattern so I can make more, and it looks like this one is it! I was waiting for it to fall to bits so I could unpick and trace off! Now I don’t have to! The only main difference is mine doesn’t have a back yoke or pleat. But it also doesn’t have a top button, which is nicer. Mine is 50% cotton, 50% rayon, and is just so nicely worn and soft. The washing instructions are in English/Spanish! I don’t wear it very often, as I don’t want it to wear out…. But it’s just so comfortable and versatile! I’ll look forward to making up your pattern!

    • Hi Sherry,

      Your shirt sounds amazing! One of the inspirations for our shirt pattern was a couple of vintage shirts of mine that I’ve loved to pieces – so I’m very glad to hear that it reminds you of yours. Now to find some perfect rayon for that replacement….

      Kate x