Hi !!! I am sure you had better things to do over the holiday period then wonder what is up with me? But I tell you anyway…. I had been quiet here lately simply because of lack of spare time. Since finishing my studies I took on some extra work and in my free time been doing extra pattern cutting, and other sewing related courses leaving me with not much time left to actually sew or blog.
Being obsessed with pattern cutting I had drafted my first button-up shirt. It is not perfect, but all the imperfections are giving me a room to learn and understand even more, so I am very happy with what I had achieved.
Building on my basic bodice and skirt blocks that I developed during my pattern cutting course with Inseam studio I was able to transform the pieces into a simple button-up shirt with collar, long sleeves and cuffs.
The process of transforming basic block pieces into a shirt pattern took me a while, as I did not want to be too tight and I was trying to transfer some of the bust dart width into waist darts to avoid having a pointy nipples, which typically is a problem of someone with a larger bust then a C cup ;).
I like the length and shape of the hem, but want to work more on collar design. It is slightly too small for my taste. While drafting sleeves I also had made a simple error. Last minute decided to add sleeve cuffs, and simply cut off 5cm of sleeve hem, which was a mistake as now the sleeves are a little bit to short. I’m not too upset about it as I like to roll up the sleeves anyway. Apart from that I am pretty much happy with this project and planning to make another shirt after New Year.
Lately I am taking more time to finish my garments to higher standards not only on the outside , but also on the inside, hence most of the seams are finished using French seam method, apart from the armhole, which I will try to do next time, as I nearly achieved the desired fit.
I used bias binding to finish curved hem line, because it looks more neat and I think it is easier to sew comparing to double rolled hem.
While drafting cuffs I opted for a version without button holes and made the cuff slightly narrower so the edges don’t overlap as much. This gave me the opportunity to have a button loops instead. It was pretty easy to do it, but I need to practice more to achieve the same look each time.
I must say drafting this shirt took me longer then I expected, hovewer now that I have the pattern it will be much easier to twick it and make other designs.
~ have you ever drafted a shirt for yourself ?~