Pattern Review: Vogue 2396

v 2396 front

I made a shirt.   It’s been a long time since I put together a shirt with the sleeve plackets and the cuffs and the buttonholes, so this was a nice project.

Pattern:  Vogue 2396, which is OOP

Fabric:  Ivory stretch cotton.  This fabric is lovely to sew and wear!

v 2396 side

Notes:  I really like this shirt.  I have to confess I don’t have shirts in my closet.  I don’t know why, but I’m just not a shirt person.  I have one sleeveless version that sewed up last summer.  I didn’t wear it very much, but every time I did, I wondered why I didn’t wear it more.  It was cool, comfortable and I felt good wearing it.  Wearing this shirt to take pics made me wonder again, why aren’t there more shirts in my closet?

v 2396 sitting

I love this pattern because of the wrap front.  I just really like that look on my shape – I think it’s flattering.  And maybe that’s why I don’t have a lot of shirts:  I can never find any traditional RTW shirts that fit properly.

The ties on this shirt are loooooooong.  In the pattern photo the shirt is tucked in à la Audrey Hepburn, but I just can’t pull that look off, not being shaped like a piece of celery and all, so I’ll be wearing it outside.  But I can wrap the ties fully twice around my waist and then still have plenty to tie the bow.  If I make this pattern up again, I’ll definitely shorten the ties.

v 2396

There’s a lot of wearing ease in this pattern.  I did not need to do an FBA, although I did do a tissue fit on myself just to see if one was required.  I would need to do one if the fabric didn’t have the stretch, but it was refreshing to just cut out the darn pattern without altering it.

What about you?  Do you have a lot of shirts in your closet?  Do you like to wear shirts?

10 thoughts on “Pattern Review: Vogue 2396

  1. Very flattering! I agree that I too can never find RTW shirts to fit me. I’m going to see if I can find this pattern somewhere.

  2. Wonderful shirt, especially in that ivory stretch cotton. It looks great with the pants you have on and will also pair well with skirts. You look terrific!

    When I began sewing seriously, I made many shirts in cotton and in poly blends. Then, I discovered jersey and wrap tops. Seeing your stylish shirt is giving me a push to make up some easy wearing summer shirts.

  3. I really like how your top came out. I just purchased several top patterns during a pattern sale. I am hoping to make them in solid colors so I can throw them on quickly without much outfit coordination needed (when running late for work).

  4. What a lovely shirt! I have to say, I’ve only been sewing for about a year and a half (obsessively, though–so addictive!), and I’ve MOSTLY made blouses and shirts. I’m also hard-to-fit–but maybe it feels like sudden freedom to be able to combine fabric and pattern to make something that actually works (never mind all the wadders). ANYHOO, I found your blog via PatternReview, and I can’t stop reading. Wonderful, wonderful!
    Is your DD2 still riding? My DD and I are horse-crazy, though we most certainly don’t have a horse (on the dream list), we ride at a not-too-far-away county stable. I love your projects–for you, your daughter, and in Liberty of London no less! Keep on stitching and writing!

    1. It looks really good! Like you, I don’t wear a lot of shirts, because the fit is never right… But I have had much more success making my own. It’s hard to get into the habit of wearing them, isn’t it?

  5. I agree it is flattering! Well done you! I don’t have many shirts either. In my case, it’s because I hate to iron. Sad, but true.


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