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|HotPatterns: HP1153 (Riviera Acqualina Shirt) - Type:Tops |
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|Reviewed by:||Barbara V|
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|Posted on:||7/22/13 12:51 PM |
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|Fabric:||Silk Georgette [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: |
Semi-fitted shirt has a simple collar, front & back yokes and a wrapped & draped front which closes with a concealed button placket. Shirt is longer at the back, and features side slits for ease of wear, plus long shirt-style sleeves with a placket & two button cuff.
Multi-sized pattern 6 through 26 all in one envelope. The sizing chart was most helpful in determining what size to cut out.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Side view showing slit opening
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The written instructions along with the YouTube tutorial provided by HotPatterns were easy to follow. It is best to watch the video first, then follow the general steps as written out. Although I did not make any sizing alterations, the video tutorial explains a simple method of adjusting the length or bust further.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the floatly, soft and flowing front and back sections anchored by the straight, classic sleeves and cuffs. I love that it is sheer and can be worn as an over blouse.
Front on dress form
Back on dress form
Pattern instructions specify that you can use a knit or a woven fabric, as long as it is drape-y. The fabric choice is critical…it must be drape-y in order for the front twist to hang properly. Also the wrong side of the fabric will show on the front of the shirt so it needs to be a fabric with print showing equally on both sides. I used silk georgette. I used a method of stabilizing the sheer fabric for easier handling by pretreating it in a clear gelatin solution and after construction, rinsing and releasing the gelatin. I was happy with the results. The process gave the fabric enough firmness for easy handling. The method and ingredients are described in this Threads Magazine article.
If you don't want to mix your own stabilizer, there is a product on the market to purchase - PerfectSew by Palmer/Pletsch. I have not tried this, but plan to some time.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I used self fabric for interfacings and clean finished the facing edges.
I faced the entire front and back yokes enclosing the shoulder and yoke seams. The sleeve openings and part of side seams were serged. The lower side seams and into side slit were turned back in narrow double hem and stitched.
I reversed the front twist crossing making the right cross over the left – just my preference.
Right front over left
I used a snap fastener instead of button closure in the front facing.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, perhaps. And yes I would recommend it.
I agree with Trudy from Hot Patterns “It is a popular and very wearable style”…..certainly one that I will enjoy wearing.
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