The Bonn Shirt – Pattern Testing

Don’t worry, Everyone. The pattern for your fall staple is here and it’s so good!  I had the pleasure of testing the Bonn Shirt from Itch to Stitch and I’m just going to go ahead and shamelessly endorse it because it’s fabulous!

First off, you would be hard-pressed (pun intended) to mess up this shirt. Kennis put a lot of thought into the clarity of the instructions and the detailing of the illustrations. Furthermore, because it’s a fitted shirt with a little more technical sewing and tailoring she has added supplemental instructions to her blog including:

  1. Fearless Set-In Sleeve (Definitely used this one.)
  2. Great Shoulder Fit  (Yep, read this one, too.)
  3. Dart Adjustment (Quite helpful as well!)

The supplemental instructions and the pattern’s tutorial will get you a fabulous shirt that’s fitted just for you. Like I said, it’ll be very hard for things to go awry for you on this project. (But don’t send me nasty grams if something does go wrong, it’s not my fault you put the sleeve placket on the wrong side.)

Now that I’ve prefaced the pattern with all that I’d like to add that it is versatile and stylish as well. It has two  length options and four sleeve options giving you a lot of fun fall and winter combinations.

Want to hear a we-can-all-laugh-about-it-now story? My button hole maker stopped working THE DAY pictures were due. When I say “not working” I mean that my needle was barreling into the stitch plate and getting crushed. Good times. So, my shirt is pinned together here. It’s all funny now though because I was, in fact, able to get buttonholes put on in time. The last picture is one taken after I was able to coax buttonholes out of my old machine. 

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I sewed up a blouse with the full length sleeve option. I wanted to do this one because I like the look of rolled up sleeves and I’d also never sewn a sleeve cuff before. Even for little ol’ beginner me, I was able to sew up the cuff very easily following the pattern’s tutorial. The drafting of the pattern is excellent and has the exactitude that you’d expect from Kennis. Everything lines up and everything has a clean finish. That said, for being a more tailored type design, this shirt is a fairly quick sew. Instead of having a separate placket piece, the placket is simply built into the front bodice pattern piece. There is no yoke and you’re sewing only one collar piece as it’s a Mandarin style collar (also, very much my style). I really liked this project because you got a nice tailored shirt without spending a ton of time.

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Sleeves rolled down.

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I’m glad that I did this combination because I really like the result. I also added 1.5″ to the length of mine because I like longer garments that are more tunic-like.

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Here’s a close-up of the collar (pre-buttons) and it needs some ironing.

I used a brushed cotton chambray from Moda and it was a dream to work with. I would definitely recommend brushed cotton for this pattern because it gives a flannel shirt type feel.

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Here’s my fall uniform! With buttonholes!


I would definitely recommend this pattern. It gives you a dress, a tunic, or a standard shirt. You’ve got a lot of sleeve options to choose from and this style shirt looks good with plaid, print, and solids (trust me, I saw all the tester photos). Go grab the pattern while it’s still on sale for 20% off. She’s also offering 15% off when you bundle two or more patterns together! You can get the Bonn shirt pattern here!

While this pattern contains affiliate links,  the opinions stated above are solely my own.



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