Sewaholic Granville Shirt

It took forever to get these pictures taken. A bit of sunshine and warmth is long overdue…


For this shirt, I found my inspiration with Madonna… I think I’ll leave the cape for another day, but I have always loved her look in this video: -not to mention COWBOYS-

Damn, now I need a black leather shirt…

I love sewing shirts, I don’t particularly like wearing shirts. But I love my new belt and wanted a shirt that goes with it. Behold, the logic of my brain.


Enter the Sewaholic Granville Shirt. I love the apparent simplicity of the shirt, but between the princess seams on the back, the two-piece collar and the sleeves with cuffs and plackets, it still provides a challenging sewing experience and the end result is a great classic shirt.


I knew from my Cambie that the fit would be great, made for girls with a pear-shaped body, just like me… I cut a straight size 10, which comes closest to my actual measurements. I think the back is maybe a bit wide, but all in all I like the fit as is, and it gives me enough room to move my arms in all directions when I’m dancing around in my living room.


I wanted a Wild West style shirt so I chose a burgundy red quilting cotton dotted with little stars. I added two breast pockets but didn’t add the flaps.

I also put french seams throughout the entire shirt. It gives a really neat finish overall and you don’t end up with ugly exposed seams when rolling up your sleeves.

Tasia doesn’t use the normal way of putting on the collar. I followed the directions that came with the pattern, and the result is a really nice collar, but it doesn’t look better than my normal way (which is to put the collar together entirely and then sew one side of the collarstand to the shirt and then handsew or topstitch the inner collarstand in place) and I was really confused, so next time I will just do it the old fashioned way… I am a creature of habit…


So this is it, my new shirt. And I love it. Love looking at it and love wearing it!

Now all I need are boots. And a horse.

8 thoughts on “Sewaholic Granville Shirt

  1. Oooh, I love this shirt Wendy! And I’m super happy you picked up blogging again, too! This is such a fun story!
    I’m a bit confused about he different ways to put on collars as well. I’m not sure why the ‘new’ method is better… I like my old method, haha!!

    1. Hi Rachel, I love blogging, and the writing is not an issue, I really like the whole process, it’s taking pictures that’s the hard part… I’m not comfortable (yet) with parading around with a tripod and my camera so I always have to wait until the stars align and my photographer is free and the weather isn’t too horrible…
      I’m glad you liked the story…
      And yes, I like the ‘old’ method better than the new one. I think handstitching the collar and cuffs closed is a much nicer finish anyway…

  2. Your shirt fits great – luck that you can pretty much make straight out of the packet! It is a great shirt pattern indeed and is so flattering a feminine for a shirt – like you I don’t usually wear shirts, but this one I’m in love with.

    1. Thanks Sandra!
      I think if I was really nit picky I should remove some fabric in the back (I guess that would be easy with the princess seams?) but I don’t really mind. You only notice when I tuck the shirt in my pants, and I don’t really do that, I just did that in the pictures to show off my awesome belt 😉
      And this is the most perfect blouse pattern I have seen so far… I really love the flare at the hips…

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