Sew Over It Ultimate Shirt and Online Course Review

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I’ve made a blouse and it’s beautiful!!

This is the Sew Over It Ultimate Shirt made alongside the SOI online course.

I have to say that this SOI course beats the SOI Ultimate trouser course hands down. It was a lot clearer and I definitely feel I’ve got value for money from this course which was discounted at Christmas. Having never sewn a shirt before I learnt so much and consequently my sewing confidence has taken a huge boost!

It wasn’t plain sailing though. I cut out a size 10. My intended wearable toile was not good. Unfortunately I had already completed my beautiful collar at this point. Or was that fortunately? At least I had had a good practice!

Awful diagonal shoulder lines

Don’t look at the face, just look at the diagonal lines coming down from the shoulders -oh and the beautiful, perfect collar.

Tight across the back too.

Can you see my shoulder blades?. It was pulling from there, whilst it was fine across the bust.

I put (threw) it away and had a good delve around Google.

Next morning, before lipstick.

I though I would try a round back adjustment.

This gave me more room for my shoulder blades and general curvature of my upper back (too much computer work, cycling and crafting). However, I also needed to incorporate a dart from the neckline to take up the gap that had been caused by the adjustment which wouldn’t be great if using a plain fabric.

My bedsheet toile was an immediate improvement. Look, the lines have almost completely gone. It was so much more comfortable to wear.

You can just see the darts

So then I ploughed on, straight into my Liberty Tana Lawn, (still in the sale from Abakhan) hoping the sleeves would fit as foolishly I hadn’t toiled them!

And they did! Perfect!

And tucked in; how I would wear it.

Look, pretty pink cuff buttons.

My first collar stand, button holes, cuffs and successful adjustment!!

Enjoy your Easter weekend

Love, Lucie xx


  1. This looks really good Lucie – the Liberty fabric you chose is gorgeous. I love making shirts, all those features are so satisfying to work on (especially when you get them right!). I’ve even made a couple for the husband now and he actually wears them!!
    I’m not great at working out where a pattern needs altering and, must admit, I haven’t done much of that myself so am very impressed with your work on getting your shirt to fit you so well.


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