At the end of last year, I bought a bundle of back issues of Patrones magazines. I only took a couple of patterns on summer holiday with me, but I included one of these magazines, as it had a large range of styles. Then I found this fabric reduced at The Fabric Store in Brisbane. I had admired it on my previous visit to Brisbane, but it was much more attractive at less than half price!
It is basically an oversized shirt. This pattern has side panels. I think they are side panels more than princess seams as they run pretty close to the side seams and don't offer much shaping. Because of the side panels, the splits at the hem are towards the front of the body rather than at the sides. I lengthened the shirt by about 15 cm. I'm pretty impressed that I worked out how to sew the button placket, as I have not sewn one that stops mid-way down a shirt before and I don't speak spanish, so the magazine instructions are meaningless to me.
It is hard to see, but I put little pockets in the side panels (photo above). The pockets are further to the side than pockets are typically placed, but I think it is handy to have somewhere to put keys when loading / unloading kids and gear from the car. The pom-poms were a finishing touch given to me by one of my sisters.
I also added tabs to roll up the sleeves.
I ironed this shirt before we went out on the weekend...not to good effect though. Just before the above photo was taken, I jumped out of the boat to pull it to shore. I thought I was jumping into knee deep water, but the water was very clear and dropped away quickly, and I actually jumped into water completely over my head. Not that I minded though. We are so wary of crocodiles here that we never jump into deep water...so it was a fun mistake to make!