Well, I couldn’t help myself. I had to make another Mila Shirt!
I love my red Mila and it turns out casual shirts are my jam. Structured yet good for everyday wear, which pretty much sums up my current style.
This time I used white cotton lawn and I’m so happy with the fabric choice. It’s light but holds shape well, giving me that “casual structure” vibe.
I also pre-washed my interfacing after the other shirt began to bubble around the collar and cuffs. Turns out interfacing needs pre-washing! Who knew? I just gave the lawn interfacing a gentle soak for 10 mins and then hung it up to dry after rinsing. A tiny amount of grit did come off on my fingers (so don’t be rough when washing!), but it still fused as usual and hasn’t bubbled at all yet.
This time I extended the button placket all the way down to the hem. Just for a more structured feel. It was really easy to do too. I understood from my first version how the placket went together and essentially cut that in half and made it the same length as the shirt front.
I also reversed the pleat at the centre back out of personal preference and I love this about sewing. We get to tweak the tiny details as well as the big ones.
I’m seriously loving this pattern. Maybe I’ll try a fun little print for the next one, like polkadot. Or wide stripes. Ah, the options!