I've had this vision for a shirt for awhile that had polka dots and stripes. I finally found the perfect fabric from Girl Charlee. It's a dreamy Ponte de Roma knit that is so soft and was super easy to sew up.
I decided to use the Shoreline Boatneck from Blank Slate Patterns as my starting point since I love the nautical look for summer.
Here's a mini-tutorial of what I did:
1. I folded the sleeve pattern from the arm pit points across the top edge of my ruler in the picture. When I cut it out, I added .5 inches to the top piece and bottom piece for seam allowance. Then I sewed up the polka dot sleeve top to the striped sleeve bottom.
2. I repeated the same thing for the bodice pieces, folding from the bottom of the arm whole across the bodice front and back. I considered only pattern blocking the front piece but I like having the polka dots on the back too. Then I sewed the polka dot and stripe front and back pieces together using a .5 inch seam allowance.
3. Then I just followed the rest of the pattern as written. Things did get a bit bulky under the arms with all of the seams coming together, but a quick press made everything lay flat.
I just love this shirt and want to wear it everyday. I paired it with my Burda Style Anita Jeans for a fun all Me-Made outfit.