It’s done! After slogging through my pattern adjustments on Simplicity 2601 (see my first round of alterations here), I managed to get a wearable shirt! The fabric was delicate, prone to fraying and unfortunately, easily torn with exuberant seam ripping. Also, it was impossible to topstitch. And it was slightly crinkly. Despite ALL of that, I love the finished product! Here’s my wobble-headed posing (and yes, that’s the cherry cord fabric… I’ll get to that in a separate post!)
When I last left this shirt, I had done an FBA which yielded a giant shirt that hit my bustline in the wrong spot. After hemming and hawing, I realized a major part of my problem was that I had added width to the midriff piece towards the center front. This made the angled part of the midriff band slope more gently across my body. I closed up my first adjustment and added the width to the narrow part of the midriff band. Much better. Here’s my super-fly illustration.
I made another muslin, which somehow ended up being WAY tight. This might have been due to bad cutting, bad foundation garments, bad muslin material. Who can say? I had cut out about 2 inches of width from the midriff band for muslin #2, even though muslin #1 had seemed to have a good five inches too much of ease! I added a smidge back in for my final version – it fits fine, actually a bit on the large side. And I realized that foundational garments have a huge impact on fit of this shirt! Here’s a closeup of me wearing the shirt with a more supportive, well made brassiere…
Constructing the shirt was sort of fun. I serged most of the main seams – shoulders, sides, midriff and midriff lining. I did a rolled hem on the serger for the hem and the sleeves. The pattern instructions have a rather cool finishing using single fold bias tape (I’ve always wondered what that stuff was good for!) that would have been PERFECT with a less difficult to sew fabric. This fabric is thin, stretchy and not super stable. No nice crisp edges or fine topstitching here! It worked well enough, though. Here’s a shot of the shirt inside out –
The whole button area was a bit labor intensive. There are loops and an underlap – lots of layers to press and stitch to get under control. I was also a bit anxious over the buttons and loops – someone had mentioned online that she’d recently made this shirt and it didn’t stay shut. I can totally see that happening, and I wanted to make sure my loops were tight enough. I used 1/2” self-fabric buttons and the pattern called for 3/8” buttons and 2 inch lengths for the loops. Even though my buttons were a bit larger, I tested a few loops and found that the best size for total security was closer to 1.75 inches. The loops are HARD to get around the buttons – but I can actually put this on over my head if I’m careful!
All in all, a fine shirt. The first button up shirt I’ve ever donned that I actually liked! I can see making more of these, even though they’re a bit more labor intensive.
So, in closing, here’s a few more pictures with the shirt mixed with different styles of skirts and jeans. The shape is super versatile for me – I can even tuck it in fairly well! First we have the summer look… sigh. Will my legs ever have color in them again?
It works fairly well with a full circle skirt as well! I love this skirt, but it’s a bit large with a narrow waistband, not a look that works with many things on top! This shirt just covers it all up…