Close-fitting shirt has collar, shaped hemline, and narrow hem. A: purchased bias tape finishes armholes. C: bias lower sections, and pleated sleeves, continuous lap and button cuffs. A/B, C, D cup sizes.
I made view D.
Misses 10-26. I made a 12, using the A/B bust size pieces.
A nice plaid cotton shirting from Fabric Mart. I chose to use the optional bias layout for the lower pieces of this pattern. Although I was able to match the plaid across the center front, I was not able to match across the side seams or center back.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I lengthened the sleeves by about 1.5 inches, probably could have used a little less there.
As a smaller-than-A bust size, the A/B bust draft is really just still way too much for me. There is supposed to be a side bust dart, but I smooshed it out of the pattern piece before cutting. I wish they would just label these as "B" cup sizes instead of pretending that they also work great for A, because they really don't any more than a "C" draft works for a "D" bust. But I digress...
I dug around in my button stash and pulled out five buttons in colors matching the plaid that are relatively similar in style.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, this is a basic shirt pattern and has a simple collar treatment. I only glanced at the instructions, but they seemed to be sufficient.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The waist seam adds interest. I wish there really was an "A" front draft, I forgot to respace the buttonholes, and as a result the top buttonhole is a little bit lower than I like (a common occurrence with this type of collar).
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I don't know that I would sew this in a bias plaid, although I might use some other fabric instead. I would recommend this to an advanced beginner.