Actually, I’ve been sewing like crazy. It’s a great way to release tension and get off to never never land 🙂
Check out this delightful skirt from Ready to Sew and, at the moment, it’s free.Grab it… Features: a layered PDF and half sizes, total 21 sizes. Remarkable!
I sewed the size 38, and it was perfect, including the width of the waistband.
My fabric is Kaufman Essex linen from Hancocks of Paducah. It’s a longtime favorite fabric for pants, jumpsuits, and skirts. It has just enough body with a relaxed drape – I wouldn’t do this skirt in anything really drapey, e.g., rayon challis, or too heavy, e.g., bottomweight twill.
Loves – the pockets. The decorative flap is so cute, and they are truly deep.
Be sure to catch the flap in the corner triangle. Got to keep it turned and flat…
The skirt has a one-button closure, but I was very wary of using a button closing. Have you ever had a button pull and pull, maybe tear the fabric to which it was sewn? I opted for two things: I added an additional piece of woven interfacing under the closure area,
and I used a waistband fastener for closure, with a non-functioning button on top!
About that top – it’s a Style Arc Elsie blouse, sleeveless, sewn in Kaufman Royal Cotton Oxford, from Fabric.com. What a delightful blouse fabric.
I love this and plan to wear it over and over as I search for a new house in Orlando. Easy dressing 🙂 Coco
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 🙂
Muslin time! I’ve been thinking about drafting a mandarin collar blouse for 8 years – ever since I saw a young woman in the dentist office wearing a white sleeveless version over jeans. It was so fresh and feminine.
I’m right in the middle of making a dress, but decided to stop and get started on the blouse.
My starting point was the beautiful Grainline Alder shirtdress. It’s so well-drafted and lends itself to many variations.
I started with the size 8, with a few tweaks to accommodate my hollow chest and thin neck.
The collar stand – I wanted it a bit higher with a fuller curve at the front edge. And no button.
I’m so pleased with the result!
Impossible to see on this print, I also added 2.5″ to width of the back piece, gathered into the yoke. I just like the added ease provided by this small change and have incorporated it in all my Alder shirtdress versions.
This muslin has a CB of 25″, but I’m planning to narrow this hem and lengthen future versions to 26.5″
Miscellaneous: my fabric is cotton voile from Fabric Mart. To ensure that the collar would not be floppy, I interfaced it with midweight non-woven interfacing. And I used cotton broadcloth to interface the front button bands.
I also drafted 2″ wide facings for the neckline, front and back, to add stability around the collar seam.
Great project, soon to be sewn in white fabric.
Parting note: You guys are the best. I am so uplifted by all the thoughtful comments on my last post. I really do feel that I have a team of friends supporting me. Thank you 🙂 Coco
The collar is softer, larger, and about 1″ lower in front than the Olya pattern.
Once again, no front pockets! I simply closed the entire bodice seam.
I added 1″ to the width of the back lower bodice and gathered it into the yoke – no pleats.
Challis is fairly translucent, so I underlined the plackets, cuff, collar stand, and collar with white broadcloth to prevent print shadows. BTW, here’s a succinct and helpful guide to some potentially confusing sewing terms: interfacing, lining, interlining, and underlining.
The yoke is also faced in white broadcloth, same reasoning.
I love this shirt tucked into jeans!
An aside: I recently posted pics of a new dress on Instagram (you can click on the IGram icon in my sidebar). It’s my True Bias Nikko top/McCall 6559 combo (blog post here). And I received a wonderful compliment on the way into the grocery this morning 🙂