Friday Pattern Company Donny Shirt Review – Stitchin Camaro

After having it on my sewing table for months, I finally finished the Donny shirt! It's on my list of short-sleeved, collared shirt designs that I test in search of the perfect one. I'm happy with the result and it will definitely be used in my closet, but so far the Gilbert Top is still slightly ahead for me.

Fabric + Size

For my first version of the Donny shirt (there will probably be more) I used Ruby Star Society's 100% cotton Warp + Weft. I'm obsessed with the dot clip and it's so sweet! I thought this might add a touch of femininity to the pattern since I find the shape a bit more masculine. I think for my next versions I will try a light linen because I see that is also a great combination.

Choosing a size was a little tricky as my measurements were almost exactly size S, but I really didn't want an oversized boxy look. The pattern is very easy to wear at the waist, so I ended up making an XS. However, if my shoulders had been smaller, it probably wouldn't have suited me. Size gradation might have been a better option than size reduction. It's also important to note that there are no bust darts, which could impact sizing decisions. I have a small chest so it's not a major issue for me, but I have found it to cause fit issues for some body types.

Sewing the Friday Pattern Company Donny Shirt

Overall, I found the pattern fairly easy to sew, but did run into a few issues. I love that the pattern has a lapel collar because I love the look and find it much easier to sew than a traditional collar. However, it can be tricky to get the collar to look super clean. If I could go back I would be more careful pressing during the process and making sure my seams are accurate.

The only other minor complaint I have about the pattern is that the pattern instructions themselves can be very difficult to read. There are some accessibility issues in the printed design which made it difficult for me to ensure I was following the instructions correctly.

Final Thoughts

Although I had some slight problems making the pattern, I call this Donny shirt a success. It will certainly be worn regularly in my wardrobe. I loved that there were no buttons or tabs to sew on, making this a one day project for me. Every time I can get a unique top with this little effort, I call it a win!


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