I had my first foray into the world of Shirt-Making a couple weekends ago when I closeted myself away to try my hand at the By Hand London Sarah Shirt. Seriously, the folk over at By Hand London know how to make a good pattern and offer instructions that make construction easy to follow and relatively painless.
I already knew I wanted to hack this shirt into something a bit different - more along the lines of the shirt I wore in this post
Fortunately, because the shirt is styled to be slightly oversized, I didn't have to worry too much about fit - I followed the pattern instructions and chose my size based on my waist measurement, which suited me perfectly through the shoulders (the only place I really needed it to 'fit'). 
I added eight inches to the length and widened the body, getting rid of the slight indent at the waist, making the front and back pieces angle straight out from underarm to hem (kind of like a tent!). I lengthened the short sleeve pattern pieces to be a touch longer, and added a slightly dipped hem. 
The fabric I chose is from 100% cotton from Ikea (heck yes, £3 per metre) and I honestly couldn't be happier with how it turned out! At first I was a bit concerned with the size of the collar - it seemed huge to me! - but it looks much more normal in the photos than I thought it would.
All and all a resounding Success on this one! I've got this fabric burning a hole in my cupboard at the moment and I'm thinking a box-pleated midi-skirt will be just the creation it needs!

What I'm Wearing
Hat - H&M (borrowed from a friend)
Shirt - made by me
Pattern - By Hand London Sarah Shirt 
Fabric - Ikea
Jeans - TopShop
Flats - Ardene

Much love, 


  1. Oh Carley! This is all kinds of wonderful! The fabric, the pattern, your edits...all brilliant.

    It's always a treat to see your sewing makes!!!

    1. Thanks so much, Sue! I'm always inspired to see your creations, too! :)
      Hoping you are well over on the sunny West Coast! Happy Spring!

  2. Carley! This shirt looks incredible! Before reading the post I went over to the outfit details to see where you got it from, and amazing! The fabric, the design, everything turned out so beautiful. I love it. :)

  3. Oooh, it turned out fantastic! This inspires me to sew; I have a HUGE pile of fabrics waiting to be made into pretties.

    Kristina || www.eccentricowl.com

    1. Thanks, Kristina! You should definitely do it! It's not often I have a pile of fabric waiting - I usually eat up whatever I can get my hands on right away! Can't wait to see what you create :)

  4. Oh, the shirt dress is amazing!!! You have great ideas and are talented, you should sell these ;)

    Check out my 1920s inspired look (link)!