The ZINA Shirt is so comfortable, versatile and it was an absolute pleasure to sew! Is there anything this wouldn’t look cute paired with? Jean shorts, wide leg trousers, overalls, skirts, as a swim coverup with the sleeves rolled up – we think it is the best new wardrobe addition. Even more amazing, when you make it yourself, you can also customize.
My model happens to be my daughter Amanda and she is a lovely 6’1½” tall. We wanted the sleeves to fit her properly as “close enough fit” is something she has to settle for when shopping in the stores. If you’ve ever sewn with patterns, you’ve probably noticed that faded “lengthen or shorten here” line right near the center of the body or the sleeve pattern pieces. This time, we used it! We added two inches to Amanda’s sleeve length and the shirt now fits her perfectly. Maybe you’re long waisted, short waisted, or maybe you need shortened sleeves instead, this is my moment to encourage you to cut that line and make the customization you need. You will feel just as you should, like the garment is made just for you.
The customizing doesn’t end there with this pattern. The fabric weight is an option – this is FS TADELAKT 3.5oz for a lightweight neutral linen shirt. The shirt pattern is marked so you can have two pockets, one pocket or no pockets but Amanda voted for the one pocket option. Of course, you have options for button style that can enhance the look too. We chose a soft gold hammered type look that we found at the local fabric and craft store but the button options are endless in store and online. This pattern even has a dress option which I made for myself.
I’ve said before that collars and cuffs might feel intimidating, but the Fabric-store designer of this pattern did an amazing job walking you through every step! The thread (the blog you’re reading from now) even has additional collar and cuff tutorials offered when you look for them in the search bar. Fabric-store really sets you up for success on this ZINA Pattern. So if you need someone to cheer you on to take the next step and try this shirt that you’ll want to wear with everything, I’m here saying go for it!