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Mila Shirt by Itch to Stitch

As a teenager, I once bought a drab nude-coloured shirt from an op-shop and dyed it army green. I didn’t yet understand the challenges of dying polyester, so that dye always blotched and ran in the rain. But the shirt fit like a dream and I wore it anyway, blotches and all.

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It was with that shirt in mind that I went hunting for a pattern … minus the running dye.

I wanted feminine, dartless, and relaxed and this Mila Shirt by Itch to Stitch fit the bill. I’m rather smitten! It’s a half-placket blouse with two collar options, back yoke, sleeve tabs, and relax fit.

Mila Shirt by Itch to Stitch |

My version is made with raspberry coloured cotton with silky properties, found at a local designer outlet for a bargain $6 per metre. It’s tricky to capture the colour just right, but think red with rich pink undertones.

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One feature I’ve never seen in other patterns is the option to choose your bust size along with your clothing size. An attractive option if you often compromise over-all fit for bust fit in shirts. So most of us then. Savvy!

Mila Shirt by Itch to Stitch |

The only change I made was to lop 6cm off the length. In hindsight, it was perhaps ambitious and I’ll opt for a more conservative 3cm next time, if any.

I also french seamed throughout and attached the yokes in a different order, just because I’m more used to it that way. I’m sure the instructions work fine too though.

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I consider this a big project for me. It’s got button holes, a collar, placket and cuffs … all fresh challenges  or, in the case of button holes, techniques I need to practice more. I enjoyed that challenge though and I’ll definitely be making more Mila Shirts. Discovering I could not only do those techniques, but be happy with the end result has been a massive boost to my sewing confidence!

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The Mila Shirt is a great pattern and the instructions are well written. I totally recommend this if you’re on the fence about it. Because of all the design elements, I’d have to class this pattern as advanced level. Certainly not advisable for beginner sewers and an intermediate sewer might pull it off, but you’ll want to be friends with your buttonholer first.

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Also, take your time. This is the kind of make you want to savour and spend time doing each step really well. Bad stitching or careless placement will be obvious, so consider it a long-term make (this took me 2-3 weeks, doing just an hour or two a day) and enjoy the process of ‘making’ rather than rushing to finish.

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I am so in love with this make! It feels so me and is structured yet casual. Perfect.

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  1. Snap – I just made this shirt too and was thrilled with the result. Such a classic design and so wearable. Your version is lovely.

    • Oh, I love your version too! I have plans for a white one as well … I need more of these shirts in my wardrobe, stat! Well done. Your shirt is beautiful!

  2. Lynsey

    I love your shirt, I have the pattern but made it in a fabric that was too thick, your drapey version lots so much better.

    • Oh, that’s heartbreaking! Definitely try again when you feel ready. I guess you can count that as a trial run to gauge fit so the next one has more chance of success 🙂

  3. Dectora

    Gorgeous fit and finish! And the color is fabulous, too.

    • Thanks Dectora! I love this pattern and have just made a white cotton version too, but with buttons the entire way down. Hope to snap photos soon x

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