|Pattern Description: This is a classic shirt, with back yoke, pleats, and collar. No darts. 3 sleeve variations including long-sleeve with placket and cuff. |
Pattern Sizing: Single size. I used 12 and it was perfect. This pattern has ease because of the overshirt design.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes. This was exactly what I was looking for. I going to sew a number of classic shirts, and this is a good start. I like the collar and sleeve fit on this one.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very minimal, not for beginners. I wouldn't attempt this pattern without having made a shirt or at least have looked at other shirt constructions instructions that are more detailed. For example, nothing about how to put on the cuffs.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?The fit. I wanted a simple, classic boyfriend-type shirt, no darts. This is really perfect--sleeves come just to my shoulders and the bust is plenty large, but I don't swim in it either. The sleeves are nice and I've sewn the cuffs so that that actually fit to my wrists, rather than float above.
The collar has no collar stand--it is sewn directly to the neck and then a facing finishes the front. I wasn't sure I would like this, but I do.
My pattern did have the placket piece--did note this was reported missing in another review.
The pattern doesn't state how many buttons you need. I counted 6 from the picture, 4 in front and 2 for cuffs, but you actually need 2 more. So for long sleeves with cuffs: 8 buttons, 6 for the other sleeve variations.
Fabric Used: A silk crepe that has been in my stash forever, a rather uninspiring fabric that I picked up on sale online. I machine washed and like the texture better now. I'm starting to work on my fall/winter wardrobe and I'm coordinating a lot with brown, so this will be a good addition. It is not particularly easy to sew--it's very stretchy although drapes well. This is a trial run for shirt with a cotton voile from Britex that I'll start once Fabric Stash reduction month is complete. I interfaced the facings, collar and cuffs with sewn-in silk organza.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Because I wanted the lines of this to remain soft, I didn't topstitch this. I also didn't use the sleeve placket, just handrolled a hem from the vent and finished with the cuff.
I finished all seams with 3-thread overlock on the serger. Hand hemmed.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will definitely sew this again, in the cotton.
Conclusion: This is a classic shirt, not fitted but meant to be an overshirt. Back yoke with pleats. Has collar and sleeve variations, short, 3/4 and long-sleeve and cuffed. Nice fit.