Well, I never imagined I would like this play on a revere neckline, but I was so wrong! A thank you and shout-out to Karen (@intostitches) for the inspiration to try this pattern! It’s actually really interesting to sew and to wear.
From Style Arc, the real name of this cutie is the Elsie Oversized Shirt:
But with a few changes, it becomes a nifty semi-fitted shirt.
- Redrew the front and back hemlines and drafted a shirt-tail hem. My center back finishes at 25″, a favorite length.
- Drafted a short-sleeve option.
- Drafted the back with pleat or no-pleat options.
- Sewed the size 10, and it’s a perfect fit.
- Drafted my pattern with 1/2″ seam allowances, everywhere. The pattern includes 3/8″ and 1/4″ SAs, treacherous with woven fabrics!
- Shortened the bust darts by an inch. For some reason they are drawn out past the bust apex mark. Weird.
- Annoying (1) the pattern has full-width back and yoke pieces. I had to print the associated pages to get the goodies, but what a lot of wasted paper and ink, since both can be cut on the fold.
- Annoying (2) it has a single-layer yoke! It’s easy enough to cut the facing, but what an oversight.
Bits and pieces:
I used cotton poplin shirting and Pellon sew-in interfacing, both from Fabric.com. And, yes, I washed and dried the interfacing before using it to avoid shrinkage when the entire garment is washed.
I like to attach pockets before things get going, whenever it’s practical.
The facing is sewn into the neckline and hand-stitched at the shoulders and bottom of the yoke.
It’s easy to reduce the bulk in a double-fold hem! My seams are serged together, stopping at a clip at the fold line. I open the remaining seam allowance, and it’s easy to make those folds.
I love rounded buttonholes on blouses 🙂
A couple close-ups, worn out:
One is never enough – I’m starting a long-sleeve version tomorrow 🙂
Ciao – Coco