|Pattern Description: This is a pattern for a front buttoned V-neck fitted shirt, with collar and sleeve variations. Waist darts back and front and bust dart. I made view E, with short cap sleeves but added the traditional collar and collar band from views ABC. |
Pattern Sizing: 10-22
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes, on the model. The V-neck makes the collar more open and to the side of the neck, as shown on the model. The drawings don't really show this accurately, since the collar looks more closed and the V ends up wider.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very clear.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The fit of this is nice. It has a faced V-neck with the classic blouse collar added to it. Very comfortable to wear for a fitted blouse. It is somewhat similar in respect to the neck/collar/band to Vogue 8747, but this one fits me better. I need to lower the bust dart a bit but otherwise the fit is good-to-go. The hemline is nice too.
The cap sleeve flares a bit for my taste, but I'm going to make this in the longer sleeve next time.
This pattern is marked "EASY", which I think is not really true. Shirts are not easy, and this is no exception, with interfacing, buttonholes, set-in sleeves, collar, band, cuffs etc.
Fabric Used: A navy stretch cotton from my deep stash. This is a wearable muslin for shirt that I am going to make in a silk crepe fabric.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made faux flatfell seams by serge finishing, pressing to the back and topstitching from the right side.
I used size 18 and did a 2 inch FBA plus added 2 inches to torso, (also remembered this time to add length to facing piece--which I often forget--, in addition to front and back pieces). There's plenty of ease on the final garment.
I used the trick with the collar of cutting the underside 1/4 shorter and stretching while sewing so that the collar would roll. This worked great-best collar I've made yet.
I interfaced with ProWoven light crisp interfacing, which is superb, but hard to fuse (requires lots of patience and high temperatures).
I spent some time getting the seam finishing, pressing, topstitching and collar done well. Used a short stitch for hemming and topstitching. To make the collar shape symmetrical I made a plastic template and used to to draw the seam lines for both sides of the collar.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I'm going ahead with the silk version. I might also make a version without the collar, by drafting a back facing to encircle the neck. I think the shirt with the splayed collar doesn't look great under a jacket, which is a limitation.
Conclusion: A nice fitted V-neck blouse with collar and sleeve variations.