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|18 more reviewsReview submitted in 2014 Fitted Blouse - Skill Level BEGINNER Contest|
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|Reviewed by:||MrsCharisma|| |
|Posted on:||3/30/14 6:08 PM |
Butterick Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Great Wardrobe Builder |
|Review Rating:|| Helpful by 3 people Very Helpful by 20 people |
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|Fabric:||Shirting - Cotton [See other projects in this fabric]|
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I chose to enter my shirt in the Beginner contest because I rank myself, fully and completely, as an Advanced Beginner. I have learned a lot in the last year since I started sewing. And while I am picking up tips and techniques and new skills all the time, I think Advanced Beginner best summarizes my overall garment sewing experience. I feel this way based on overall fit, fabric/pattern knowledge and construction methods.
Semi-fitted shirt has shoulder princess seams and stitched hems. B: button tab belt carriers. C: roll up option with button tab on sleeve. A/B, C, D cup sizes.
6-14 and 14-20; with A/B, C, D cup sizing. I cut a 14D and graded to a 16 through the waist and hip.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I didn't sew a straight view from the envelope. I guess view A with a collar or view C with no sleeve tabs
Yes it did.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. There are a LOT of elements to sewing this shirt and I think the instructions did a good job walking you through.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Funnily, I had a short list of dislikes from the last time I made this shirt. As I look at them (written down), I don't feel the same way now!
-Continuous lap: I would like to try a tower placket, but I don't hate it. It sewed in no problem this time.
-Folded button band: I do like a separate piece but I was making the folding unnecessarily complicated before.
-Length: I like the finished length. It can be left out or tucked in (and stay tucked).
Other likes; LOVE the curved hem and the close fit.
Shirting from Hancock fabrics. It's been in the stash for awhile. I assume it's a poly/cotton mix as it came out the dryer with virtually no wrinkles.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Based on my prior wearable muslins; I decided I needed to do a narrow shoulder adjustment of 1/2", lower the bust point of the princess curve 1" ( Thanks L! ) and took about 1/2" out of the sleeve cap height. What I did not account for was the decrease in sleeve length after doing this adjustment. The sleeves are JUST right! I lucked out!
Lower bust point
I also sewed the princess seams with 1/2" seams (vs 5/8") after reading Mary's post on Idle Fancy
It really made a difference in ease of sewing the seams. It was "painless"!
I did not clip the princess seams. I did not topstitch the seams. I used a contrasting interior collar stand and cuffs. I serged all the interior seams.
I interfaced the buttonhole side of the button band because it just seemed sort of flimsy even with several layers of fabric. I think my buttonholes came out really well due to this decision!
I spaced the buttons 3" apart (the pattern had them spaced 3.5" apart). I felt this was better for my full busted self.
I wish I would have followed my instincts and interfaced both sides of the collarstand. My "public" side is kind of wavy-likely due to stretching while pressing things out. It was VERY hard to get it somewhat smooth.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I think this pattern is on its way to being a TNT (still need a swayback adjustment). I would recommend it but even me, the anti-muslin lady says, make a muslin!!
I am really, really proud of my work on this top! I swear I unpicked and restitched the topstitching on the cuffs like 6 times! This forced me to learn to use my walking foot - yay!
I had to unpick serger stitches after sewing AND serging my sleeve inside out (thankfully I had a full 3/8" sa for re-sewing).
Another tip used: By Hand London's tip for sewing curved seams. I serged my edge (giving me a 1/4" line) and pressed, then turned again and pressed. This was SO much easier compared to all the futzing I did with the last version trying to get the fullness of the curve to turn in.
Collar & stand
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