You saw this shirt in the post from yesterday but I thought I'd share a few extra details with you.
To date I haven't done a lot of sewing for myself.
Largely because I have had issues with fit. Or really me not knowing how to get a good fit and so not wearing the things I make, which puts me off making more.
I made this shirt straight off the pattern and it fits me perfectly.
It's bias cut which means there are no zips or buttons to contend with. (Pieces are not cut with the grain of the fabric but across it).
The down side of that is that you use a lot of fabric to get it all cut out and you need to take your time when positioning the front and back pieces to ensure the pattern will match when you sew the front and back seams.
This shirt has lovely details that are perhaps a little hard to see due to the pattern.
There is a little tie on the collar at the front, the two pieces are tucked through a small loop so you don't have to worry about how you tie them together, they just stay where they should.
The sleeves have a band on the end and there is a gently curved collar at the neckline, details that would be more evident if I made it with a contrasting collar and sleeve bands.
Which is what I think I will do next time - as there will definitely be a next time with this shirt.
Even the pattern itself is very sweet.
It's a booklet...
...with very clear step by step instructions and great illustrations...
...and a pocket at the back for the pattern and any notes you want to make for next time.
I'd highly recommend this pattern to a confident beginner sewist.
Make it easier on yourself for the first try and don't use a directional print - instead try it with something like a dot - or a solid.
If this pattern is anything to go by then I am looking forward to getting some time to cut into the Colette Clover pants I plan to make.
THE NITTY GRITTY
THE PATTERN: Jasmine by Colette. (View B)
THE FABRIC: Voile from Spotlight