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The Box Shirt


The simple square silhouette makes this a versatile easy shirt. The style suits many woven fabrics and can be worn belted, loose or tucked-in.

Sewing experience required especially with silky fabrics.

Fabric suggestions

All light to medium weight shirting fabrics

  • Image one the box shirt in a silk satin fabric
  • In the second image the model wears a linen version


Box Shirt sewing pattern review
The Box Shirt review, Jan UK

I just wanted to say that since attending the Maker’s Atelier Retreat in Brighton and the boost it gave to my dressmaking, whenever I wear a garment made from either your book or the individual patterns, someone ALWAYS compliments me and asks where the item was purchased.

Yesterday it was the box shirt, made as a jacket in mustard linen at The Royal Opera House. This never happened before the retreat and falling in love with your pattern designs - so it has to be down to the confidence it inspired to use a pattern but adapt it to be my own. Huge thanks to you and Claire yet again.

Here are two pictures of my box shirt attempts. The mustard one is a jacket - made a size larger and with added pockets. Its the one I wore to The Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

The blue one is a blouse, not yet worn as its been too hot. Its a recycled tablecloth bought at a charity shop for £4.99 and I will be wearing it with the wrap around denim skirt I made from your book.

Jan UK

  • Box Shirt sewing pattern review
  • Box Shirt sewing pattern review
Box Shirt sewing pattern review
The Box Shirt - Ruth, London, UK

Pattern Sizing: Pattern sizing was perfect, no changes necessary.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Very clear and straight forward, good diagrams and clear written instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved the simplicity of the cut.

Fabric Used:Bamboo Silk

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The only change I made was to sew it with French seams and not use the side seam vent.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, absolutely.

Conclusion: Fantastic pattern, that has become a real wardrobe staple since I made it in November. Easy to wear and a fabulous sew


  • Box Shirt sewing pattern review
The Box Shirt pattern review
The Box Shirt - Gill, UK
This is the third time I have made this shirt; the first in cotton gingham, next in rich velvet, so I felt confident to tackle it in a more complicated fabric. 
I was inspired by the box shirt example I saw on the Maker’s Atelier stand at the Knitting and Stitching show, which is made in a lovely subtle silk scarf print, and I have been looking out for a similar possibility.
When I saw the latest Rosenberg Stitch Fabric Collection I found this lovely aquatic Italian silk scarf print, so I bought two panels and worked out how to cut out the box shirt to maximise the best features of the print and also use the coral pink edging as natural edging to the body and sleeves.
Because the pattern is made very simply and doesn’t have a lot of shaping or darts, it does easily lend itself to this treatment.
I finished it with some mother - of -pearl buttons from my stash and I am extremely pleased with the result.
I imagine it as cruisewear with well cut white linen palazzo pants, but I will be happy to wear it with black cotton pants out to dinner with friends!
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