I've never sewn a shirt before. I don't really like shirts, you have to iron them after you wash them. Yuck! Then again, maybe a well fit, basic white shirt would be a nice thing to own. Here is my attempt.
|Still taking pictures in a mirror, but hey! I left my head in the frame!|
|Smiling at the camera like a deranged model in a 1950s soap add staring adoringly at washing powder.|
I used Simplicity's Amazing Fit pattern 2339. And, I think the fit is quite good. I cut a 12 and flared out to a 14 at the hips. This is standard for me in big 4 patterns. After blithely, cutting out the fashion fabric, I had a scare, when I sewed the side seams with 1" seam allowances as per the instructions. I couldn't even join the front plackets together! I was busting out! Luckily, going to the standard 5/8" seam allowance sorted everything out. Except for the hips, where I needed every last bit of the 1" seam allowance. So much for lapped seams. (Oh yes, I had *BIG PLANS*. But finishing the seams with an over edge stitch was not the end of the world. There would be worse crimes against construction to come.)
The construction nitty-gritty.
The instructions were pretty good, but I struggled in places. How to bind the arm slit eluded me completely. I just could not figure out how to neatly get around the apex. The instructions glossed over it completely, and I considered trying to mitre it like a quilt or something but chickened out. What we have instead is a wodge fabric jammed in without ceremony. Just one of those details I hope people won't notice!
|I couldn't figure out how to attach the binding to the cuff opening at the top of the slit. It's just a mess.|
|I didn't manage to catch the collar stand at the edge openings. Hand sewing to the rescue!|
I'm cutting out Stephanie's bow tie tshirt right now. I loved her version, and I am tickled to be a pattern tester for her. It looks like a peach of pattern and fingers crossed I get it done to show you by the end of this week.
My next wardrobe basic will be a khaki skirt. (I have sent my shearling vest to a specialist cleaner. Basically, I am hoping for a miracle on that one because I cannot figure out an elegant way to patch it. )
I'd like to use BurdaStyle's 10-2011-119. I'm obsessed with how good MaryNanna's looks. It looks better than the one in the magazine! I know, I have a different figure, and it's just not sensible, but really, I won't be able to mentally let go of it, until I try.