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{Test} The Montana Shirt (Itch to Stitch)

by Elsa

Let’s add a new shirt to my wardrobe. I tested the Montana Shirt (Itch to Stitch) last week. I feel compelled to test most of Kennis’s patterns because they fit me so well with minimal alterations.



The Montana Shirt

I cut a straight size 8 out of the very same fabric I used for my Bonn shirt. This embroidered lightweight poplin brings a little bit of chic to this oversize shirt. I was very careful when cutting because I had just enough fabric left…!

Montana Shirt, La Casa Cactus

That’s a loose shirt, with drop shoulders. No need to narrow the shoulders that time!

This pattern’s biggest bonus is that all the seams are enclosed. The yokes are sewn using the burrito method (the same method I wrote a tutorial for) and the other seams are flat-felled seams. The instructions are well-detailed, but you also have a picture tutorial on Kennis’ blog.

Montana Shirt, La Casa Cactus

I had never sewn flat-felled seams before and it’s just magical. Such a neat finish for the inside. It takes more time to sew undoubtedly, but you get sturdy seams at the armholes and side seams.

The collar is the clisscal pointed collar with stand. You can also do two hems: one is the straight hem and the other is with knotted front panels.

Montana Shirt, La Casa Cactus

The cuffs are finished by a wonderful sleeve placket. Never done that before too. What an experience! Kennis provides a picture tutorial too on her website. I love all the techniques I learnt during that test.

Montana Shirt, La Casa Cactus


My Montana Shirt

I raised the bust darts 1/2″ and I shouldn’t have! I shortened the sleeve length (3/4″, but 1/2″ would have been enough) and the torso (1″).

I prefer wearing my Montana shirt as a layer, over a tight-fitting top.

Montana Shirt, La Casa Cactus

I plan the knotted front version soon. I wish I was skilled enough to tackel a plaid version, but my print-matching skills are not that good (yet!).

It can be paired with several other Itch to Stitch patterns:

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