You can see I like this pattern: I have made another one.
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This time I used a Liberty Lawn called August Rose from the Spring/ Summer 2012 collection. It is decades since I have bought Liberty Lawn and it doesn't have the hand of the fabric I remember of old. The Liberty website has a video showing the fabric printed in a picturesque factory in the north of England but they don't mention where the cloth comes from. "Launched in the 1920s, our iconic Tana Lawn was made from a particular cotton plant from Lake Tana in Sudan." But that was then and this is now. It is OK for shirts and nightgowns.
This time I used Pamela Emy's tip for Perfect Collar Points which I learned about from Dilliander. I left the turning threads in place to use for tip number 907 from PR's 1000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts & Tips. This is Lisa Laree's tip to keep collar points getting hung up when pivoting while topstitching. Hold the thread to keep some tension in the point. Worked a treat. Thanks Lisa.
Pattern Description: Stylish shirt with soft gathers falling from the back and front yokes,
Pattern Sizing:Mine is a size 14.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? You don't buy StyleArc patterns for the instructions. They left out a few steps and some instructions were confusing but it is stimulating having to think about your sewing and work out what would be best for you and your fabric. The instructions did refer to the tutorials on the StyleArc webpage and I used these. I didn't understand how the yoke instructions could work but gave it a go anyway using the theory that there would not be much to unpick. Geronimo it worked beautifully first time and I reckon May and Patrick would have been impressed. back yoke They might have been less impressed with my sleeve placket where I did have a bit of trouble with the instructions. sleeve placket and cuff And don't look too closely at my stitching in the ditch.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I have got a store bought shirt of a similar pattern and thought I would like another but in nicer fabric.
The pattern pieces fitted together very well. The sleeves fit well and they are very comfortable, allowing a lot of movement. This is not a fault of the pattern, but I think I could have done a better job of setting in the sleeves if I had pressed the seam before overlocking the seam. In this fine fabric I think I made it a bit too bunchy. TSK. tsk Ann and Patrick.
The cuffs are longer than they look in the pattern diagram and I will probably wear them artistically folded back. Next time I will shorten them/
Fabric Used:This is a fine cotton with a sheen to it that I bought in London in the Goldhawk Road. They had it in lots of colours and I wish I had bought more. It was lovely to work with though my Janome Memory Craft did chew up some of the seams. I thought topstitching would detract from the sheen, so did as little of that as possible. minimal topstitching
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I shortened it a bit because I want to wear it under jackets and cardigans. I also left off the pocket buttons.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will certainly sew it again and have some Liberty lawn in readiness - also bought in London, alas my only other fabric purchase.
I enjoyed sewing this and am very pleased with the result.