Featuring a voluminous three-part sleeve and oversized patch pockets, Fougère includes two trendy silhouettes that are both packed with classic and fun-to-sew shirt details. Version A is a loose overshirt with a deeply curved hem that is finished with a facing for the perfect result, and version B is a lightweight jacket that includes an elasticized waistband and a cute mini chest pocket. Camille’s lilac Fougère happened to be a crowd favorite during our photoshoot. We always take it as a good sign when everybody wants to try on a particular sample!
Sizes 46-60 include bust darts for an even better fit, but the voluminous style means you can spend less time worrying about pattern alterations and instead concentrate on the sewing. Like our other patterns in this collection, we’ve included detailed instructions to help you practice a variety of sewing techniques, things like collar stands, sleeve plackets, buttonholes, and tiling the 3-piece sleeve.
Whichever view you prefer, Fougère is designed with layering in mind. Wide and low armholes make it great for layering in the spring or fall, and enjoying by itself as a very loose and breathable piece in the summer. The sleeves are finished with sleeve cuffs which look polished as-is, or can be rolled up for a more casual vibe. There are plenty of design lines to add visual interest to Fougère, but they’re also the perfect template for colorblocking or scrap busting. Speaking of fabric, let’s discuss what to shop for . . .
Fougère is a versatile pattern intended for light to medium weight woven fabrics (130 g/m² to 250 g/m² is ideal). A little bit of body helps maintain the volume of the sleeves, which is why we recommend cotton and linen fabrics over 100% viscose or drapey silks. Depending on your fabric choice, this is a pattern that can take you through every season. We’ve been loving it in linen for maximum comfort in the warmer weather, and we can’t wait to make it in a lightweight flannel or wool for fall.
If you plan on making the jacket version, look for fabrics that are a little thicker and warmer—flannel, shacket-style wool, or denim for a denim jacket (great for contrast topstitching!).That said, be careful not to choose a fabric that is too heavy or too thick. You’ll still need to sew details like the collar stand and sleeve tabs, which will be easier the less bulk there is. The three-piece sleeve design can also be tricky to pattern match (especially plaid prints), but consider this your chance to challenge yourself!
Because Fougère is an overshirt and designed to be worn open, remember that the inside of your garment will be visible. Try to avoid one-sided prints or fabrics with an obvious right and wrong side (unless this is the look you are going for, of course).
For a garment intended to be styled as an overshirt, be mindful of choosing a fabric that’s on the lighter side. Something too heavy can weigh down the collar stand.
Look for quality shirting fabrics like oxford, twill, etc.
The trick to a successful colorblock project is to make sure to use fabrics of the same weave and same weight!