Cheyanne Shirt

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Striped Cheyenne Shirt

This shirt has been a long time in the making! I grabbed this beautiful striped cotton shirting from Blackbird Fabrics last Spring and sewed this up right away. Trouble is, I never did the button holes! The project sat 90% finished in my closet for almost an entire year. Have you ever done that? I’m regretting it now because the shirt is lovely, and I could have been wearing it all this time. Doh!

Cheyanne Shirt

This is the Cheyenne Shirt from Hey June Patterns. I really like the way the pattern is drafted and it fit great right outta’ the packet. I have gained about 15 pounds since last spring, so the fit is a wee bit tight now, but it still works. From looking at these pictures, I would say that an FBA would help the fit and a sway back adjustment as well. Live and learn! This shirt was made 1 year ago and I have improved a lot in my fitting since then. The Cheyenne pattern comes with a tunic view and an alternate neckline as well.

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I really wanted a vertical striped shirt last year because it was all the rage in RTW and on the runway. It looks like vertical stripes are going strong this year, too! I think this shirt is a classic that can be dressed up or down.  I don’t work in an office, so I like to pair it with jeans and sneakers.

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The details on this shirt are some of my best work if I can brag for a moment. I matched the stripes on the back yoke, cuff, and even the plackets! The sleeve plackets came together really nicely with the pattern instructions and I am so happy with the overall finish of this shirt.

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The neighboorhood kids had done a bunch of sidewalk chalk by my apartment so I couldn’t resist taking a pic and sharing their message. Have you tried making a button-up shirt yet? There are lots of great indie pattern options out there!


About the author


Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.

29 Comments on “Striped Cheyenne Shirt”

  1. I bought this pattern a year ago. Had it printed then lost my nerve due too many new techniques and a rapidly expanding preggy belly.
    Baby is here nothing fits and I’m now determined to sew it. I deserve a pretty shirt!

  2. I bought the pattern, had it printed, traced size (Team Trace all the way!), picked out a fabric for a (hopefully) wearable Muslim and… It’s all still sitting in my craft room and I’ve found a million other projects that “needed” to be done first. Woven make me nervous and the Cheyenne has so many pieces! But I will do it and I know it will probably turn out okay.

    1. You got this! There are more pieces, but it is really fun to sew and has a great shape to it. Just get started and you wont regret it!

  3. I am super impressed by your stripes matching and finishing in general. I like this look dressed down as that’s how I would wear it too. I have been enchanted by vertical stripes for the last year as well but have yet to buy any fabric. I have made button-up shirts for my husband before. And I just made the Kalle shirt dress with the popover placket but I have yet to make a classic shirt for myself. But I am going to make a Classic shirt by Liesl and Co for me, this summer, in a plaid. Wish me luck!

    1. You can do it! If you have made a Kalle and shirts for your husband then this should be no different 🙂 The classic shirt from Liesl and Co looks like a great choice 🙂

  4. I, too, noticed the stripe matching: not only the yoke (perfect), but the collar, too!! Aren’t you very glad you made those buttonholes at last? Because this certainly deserves to be worn.

  5. You did a great job on this. That stripe matching is amazing! I love making button up shirts. I was intimidated at first, but now I really love them. I haven’t tried this pattern though. It’s one that I had my eye on. Thanks for sharing your version. It turned out great.

  6. That pattermatching!!! The shirt is lovely, great job Helen! I have an almost finished Archer shirt that is waiting for… buttons and buttonholes 🙂 And I’m halfway through a Kalle.
    I just listened to your latest podcast, another great one with food for thought.

  7. Wow…did I write this post without realizing it? My dad died fairly suddenly at the beginning of last year and I completely lost the ability to focus. I have about 6 projects hanging 90% done on my rack. To make matters worse, I gained about 18lbs and some of them won’t fit me anymore. So now that I’m back in the swing of sewing, I’m going to finish what will still fit first and then revisit the other stuff when my weight stabilizes. The good news is that I should have lots of new clothes in a very short amount of time!

    1. I am sorry for your loss, Rebekah. I am glad to hear that you are getting back to sewing and finishing up some projects! It always feels so good, doesn’t it!

      1. Thank you, Helen. Your podcast really helped me! I listen and get so swept up in your enthusiasm that it makes me anxious to get back to my machine and creating again. I just finished one of my UFOs yesterday while listening to your bonus episode, in fact. High-five!

  8. Helen what an excellent job of sewing! Looks so nice on you! And can I request, I love your jeans! We have the same body shape and I would love a pair that fits like those.

  9. Your shirt making skills are awesome especially the stripe match. It is a very flattering style for you and a dress up or down look.

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