|Pattern Description: |
Very loose-fitting shirt has collar, bands (collar, front, back and sleeve), no shoulder seams, yoke front and back cut-in-one with sleeve, undersleeve, sleeve found, side slits, flat-fell seams, and narrow hems. Sleeve, front and back bands extend into tie ends. Back and lower front and back bands are applied.
Misses 6-22. I made a size 10 tapering out to a 14 at the lower hem.
Recommended fabrics are linen, silk duping, and jersey. I used a lightweight two-tone crisp linen from Grey Line Linens in NYC.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
This is a Chado Ralph Rucci pattern, which is to say that it is fussy pattern with lots of details and unusual seaming. However, the actual construction is straightforward, and the instructions are pretty good. The main stylistic detail of this pattern are self-fabric bands that are topstitched around the sleeves, waist, and upper back. On the sleeves and upper back, the bands are also used to encase the raw edges of the seams, so these pieces are sewn wrong-sides together with the seam on the outside, where it is covered by the band.
The center front bands are also used to encase the raw edge of the center front. Those seams that are not encased in bands are flat-felled with two rows of topstitching to mimic the topstitching on the bands (see one of the photos for the upper back seam enclosed in a band). The lower armscye also has a seam, which is finished with bias tape - I used commercial bias tape as this area does not show, and I had some on hand.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the details and unusual seaming on this pattern. The bands are a bit weird and floppy in an unpractical way, so I wouldn't wear this around the house lest I become a walking cat toy.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I don't think I need two tops like this, but the pants are interesting - the side seams are rotated around to the front. I would recommend this pattern to an intermediate or advanced sewist.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I think the fabric used in the photo is a bit more crisp than mine. I assume the jersey listed as a suggested fabric is actually for the pants….