|Can you see the stress on my face? I avoid contests where possible.|
This fabric from White Tree Fabrics UK, was originally earmarked for a wrap blouse, until Round 1 was announced. So I put the brakes on that project and grabbed McCalls 5433 and decided on making View A with all the sleeve bells and whistles of Views B/D.
- Picking the style for this fabric
- Using the fabric to highlight its print
- Not this shirt look like a PJ shirt
- Making it fit me again
- Picking the seam finishes because this shirt is going to be inspected inside and out!
I’ve been working with Liberty prints lately so I cut out each body pieces separately and tried to match the print lines. They run diagonally.
|Top Left clockwise: buttons on cuff; collar on shirt; two part collar; cutting front bodice|
However there’s a button tab so I decided to cut this piece a wee bit longer to accommodate matching or not matching the print. My plan was to place the shirt buttons on the flowers of the print.
|An inside view|
|The inside of the back.|
The seams are French seams. I machine felled the sleeve seam allowances to the shirt.
|A back view shot for fit.|
Long story short, once I finished this shirt and took the photos I wore the shirt the next day at work. Well I felt it was too loose at the front, I before work I sewed the front dart in by 1cm and it fit a whole lot better but there were no ripples.
|So I tried to smile but ‘sheesh’, this is stressful.|
The ladies at work love my shirt. The roll up sleeves were just what I needed to work at my desk and I did not dirty my sleeves. I hate cleaning cuffs on business shirts and I don’t intend on ruining this shirt simply because I love wearing it.
Sue and Yoshimi got through to Round 2 with over 40 others who burnt the candle at both ends to get through. There were 116 of us who were judged in Round 1.