Pattern Description: Great, stylish longer line shirt. With optional epaulette feature fabulous to wear with your leggings "the new look shirt for this season a must have in your wardrobe".
This shirt has a slightly dropped shoulder and a size 8 is about 28" long from the back of the neck to the hemline.
Pattern Sizing:6-30, I made an 8.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I don't think it is nearly as fitted as the drawing indicates. My size 8 had a bust measurement of a little over 40" and a waist measurement of nearly 39".
Were the instructions easy to follow? They are skimpy and more of an order of construction than actual instructions. Best to use another reference if you are still learning shirtmaking.
I did find their Neat Shirt Yoke tutorial on their website very useful. Much easier than trying to stitch a folded-over seam allowance.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: The epaulettes and front pockets. I would have no trouble layering underneath it if I wanted to do so. The loose fit is super comfortable and works really well with slim pants. My linen fabric makes it a cool and breathable warm weather blouse.
Dislikes: The waist is not nearly as shaped as the line drawing indicates. It is only about 1" smaller than the bust and there's about 12" of ease! The Style Arc Angela line drawing gives a more accurate view of the fit.
This is neither a like nor a dislike but I wanted to mention that due to the epaulettes and pockets this shirt took me 1-2 hours longer than blouses normally take me to cut and sew.
Fabric Used:a lilac linen (Apple Annie)
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
For style, I used the sleeve placket pattern from DPC's Shirtmaking book. Much easier than trying to figure out the Style Arc tab pieces.
My fitting adjustments were:
3/8" broad back alteration
lengthened the waist 1"
Added 1/2" to the front of the sleeve cap and flattened the back a little
Lengthened the sleeves 1"
Added a total of 1.5" to the hips
1/2" narrow shoulder alteration
The sleeves on this were long compared to other Style Arc patterns I've tried. Next time I would not lengthen them at all. Something to keep in mind if you're average height or petite. I'm almost always going to keep them rolled up on this blouse so it doesn't matter too much for this particular version.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would sew it again but I'm thinking of replacing the back pleat with a center back seam to try to tame some of the fullness there. Either way I now consider this a TNT pattern for my oversized shirt needs.
I highly recommend this pattern if you're looking for an oversized shirt for layering, wearing over slim pants, or for working outside. The sleeve epaulettes are great for keeping rolled-up sleeves out of the way. I think the pockets and epaulettes make it pear-friendly.