Named Quinn Shirt

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I bought this pattern in the Named advent calendar sale. I’ve had it in my sights for a while because although I love the Archer shirt pattern, the interesting cross-over collar, button placket and French cuffs mean that this shirt is just a little more dressy. And sometimes I want something a little bit smarter.

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This was actually the first Named pattern I’ve sewn (although I’ve had a couple of others in my stash for a while) and I could only find a few versions of it on sewing blogs, which is usually where I first look when I’m trying to work out whether a pattern is well-drafted and easy to follow.

I used some olive-green fabric I bought at the Strasbourg Stoffspektakel back last autumn. I’m no expert but it feels like cotton, and one side is juuuust slightly fluffy. I suppose if I had to name it I’d say it’s brushed cotton. It’s a bit heavier than the chambray I used for my first Archer, but in the Swiss winter that’s no great problem! It also leaked colour when I pre-washed it with some white fabric (which thankfully returned to white with a little care and Javell water) so I’ll have to remember not to throw it in with my regular wash.

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I was far too lazy to make a muslin, so I just made a straight size 10. Named is the only indie pattern company that I’ve made from where I fit all the measurements for a size without having to grade between sizes. I did shorten the sleeves by 1 1/2″ going on my experience with the Archer shirt and a Sewaholic Oakridge muslin. It was probably slightly too much – I think I’ll reduce it to 1″ next time.

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I used some fabric (which I believe is Peruvian) that I got from a sample pack of fabric some years ago for the inside of the collar stand. I wondered about using it for the inside of the button stands as well, and possibly the sleeve binding too, but I’m glad I ended up sticking to just the collar stand. Less is more and all that.

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The top button on the placket and the collar stand buttonhole are pretty close together. I like the effect with just the placket buttons done up and my pretty fabric peeking out:

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The overlapping collar is also fun although I’m less likely to wear it like that. I think it looks almost military, particularly with the colour:

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This was also my first attempt at a tower placket, and although I’ve been reading about them for a while on various blogs and sewing sites and been a bit scared by them, it wasn’t hard at all. I think I’ll be substituting the continuous bound placket on the Archer for these from now on.

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The cuffs are also finished with buttonholes on both sides and cuff links made from matching buttons.

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Actually I had a helluva job trying to find 18 matching small green buttons at the brocki, and ended up using three different kinds: the seven down the front on the button placket:

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Three of a similar colour but slightly bigger which went on the collar stand and the sleeve plackets:

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and some of my favourite metal ones that have been in my button tin for a while waiting for a project that will show them off nicely. I think this one does.

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