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|Reviewed by:||FromHeadToFoot|| |
|Posted on:||3/4/14 1:46 PM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Easy & Great for Beginners |
|Review Rating:|| Helpful by 1 people Very Helpful by 3 people |
|Fabric:||Cotton [See other projects in this fabric]|
|Pattern Description: My husband's favorite casual shirt wore out. So I picked it apart and made a pattern to replicate it|
Pattern Sizing: The original was labeled Large
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? It fit almost like the original shirt. I changed a few things about the collar.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I was suprised at how easy the construction was. There was no separate placket piece. The fabric was just folded over 1.5" or so on the R and L fronts. Although it looked like there was a separate collar stand piece, once picked apart, there was not! The collar and stand were one piece. There was just some clever stitching where they would have been attached to each other if there had been a separate collar and stand. I made a muslin first for confidence.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked that there was only collar interfacing on the original. I liked that there was no separate placket piece and no interfacing on the placket. I liked how easily the pattern went together. I guess I did an ok job tracing it, but the original is a simple, well made shirt.
Fabric Used: Alexander Henry cotton. The selvedge says 2005 Collection. It's a tightly woven cotton with no stretch. It's got body. Maybe a very light canvas? I used a universal needle. It barely needs ironing.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Yes. There was a button tab on the collar I did not replicate. I removed it from the pattern. I found that it didn't work well with the slightly heavier cotton I was using. When I turned the collar right side out, there was minimal definition there, so I just got rid of it. I left off the top stitching and edge stitching on the collar. I changed the sleeve piece slightly because I found that I was having to gather the sleeves (which just won't do for a man!) So I looked online, including pattern review, and made the sleeve about 1/2" narrower to get them to go in flat, without gathers. Like the original.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will sew it again if I can find some more patterned fabric that my husband likes. These shirts are $60-$80 online, perhaps $ 35 at their outlet store in Santa Barbara. It's more economical to sew one myself. If I can pick apart a shirt and make a pattern that's almost perfect, so can you!
Conclusion: 1) I learned a lot. I learned how simple a basic placket can be. I learned different techniques for removing ease from sleeves. I had a Eureka moment about collars because this collar really fit perfectly on the shirt. 2) It was a bonding experience with my husband. We spent an hour going throught my button stash finding the perfect buttoms. He actually seemed excited about trying on the muslin for me. I guess he has a little bit of peacock in him if he likes this shirt fabric so much. He received many unsolicited compliments on the shirt.
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