One thing I have loved seeing in my fashion travels is open long stripped shirts, worn over matching trouser. Oversized striped pant suits are amazing, don’t let anyone convince you otherwise! I have no source material on this obsession, but I think its coming from the 90’s Hip hop world of female artists. I cant find any pictures to support this, so just go with it…
Whilst I was at the Sewing Bee at Excel, I happened upon The I AM booth. I am a massive fan of them, having made many versions of the Aphrodite and Cassiopee, and i love their packaging and branding. Having some money to spend, I ended up going for the Hermes. Just a note, the girls on the stall were amazingly helpful, talked passionately about I AM and were extremely friendly.
I had some stripped fabric from my cheap shop, that had a beautiful feel and drape to it. It definately spoke shirt fabric to me.
So How did it Sew?
As with all I AM patterns, they are always a pleasure to work with. I myself am not someone who usually traces their patterns before hand, rather a brash cut and keep sewist. But I found this to be quite easy, and it was nice to be able to fold up one sheet of paper back into the beautiful gold envelope, as apposed to my usual approach of ramming all the pieces in.
Yes the biggest size has failed to cover my breasts, but wearing it open as a duster is probably how I would wear it anyway. Being able to shape it at the back with the belt has been an added bonus.
I love this pattern. Yes, I may have a large collection of shirt patterns, but this one really stands out and will definitely be a remake.
If you want to make one yourself, check out I AM patterns HERE.