Sewing Basics for Every Body Book Tour – Day 3 The Rowan Project

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It’s the weekend and it’s day 3 of my introductions to the projects in Sewing Basics for Every Body.

Meet Rowan, the classic shirt with 3 collar options, 3 sleeve finishes, 2 hem finishes and yoke options, you’ll be able to create way more than the 5 takes on this project that I came up with……


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With all the classic shirt details:

collar and stand, sleeve placket, cuff, back yoke, covered (fly) button stand and shaped hem.


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Layer it, belt it or just wear it on its own.


Use it as a blank canvas, I hand painted this one. I just cut out all the pieces from my fabric, then got busy chucking the paint around!


An easy way to getting started on shirts, I also printed this fabric, I must have been channelling my inner 80s child when I came up with the design….!!

The flat Peter Pan collar, simple pleated sleeves and unshaped hem are the details that make this shirt less of a technical challenge than the classic long sleeved shirt.


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The separate bib on the front of this version lends itself to a bit of fabric play, I used it to highlight some of my block printed fabric. There’s nothing to stop you trying the bib on any of the other versions of the Rowan too.

Perfect summer holiday wear…..

Thanks for tuning in again today, project number 4 tomorrow!! The jumpsuit…..

Don’t forget to order your signed copy of Sewing Basics for Every Body here.  You can see more inside the book in this post. And there’s still time to enter my worldwide competition to win one of 4 signed copies here.

All these gorgeous photos were taken by Julian Ward © Cico Books and most of the beautiful fabrics were generously provided by Fabworks.

5 responses to “Sewing Basics for Every Body Book Tour – Day 3 The Rowan Project

  1. Barbara Cooper

    I love the way you use hand-printed fabrics – any recommendations on inks/dyes please? I do a lot of linocuts and would love to be able to wear them!


  2. Pingback: Sewing Basics for Every Body Blog Tour – Weeks 5 & 6 | Wendy Ward

  3. I think this might be the first pattern I try from your new book!


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