I thought I would never finish this shirt! This is just one of those projects that seem to go on forever, know what I mean?
I wanted the vertical lines of the ruffles to elongate and balance out my smaller torso when I wear it with skirts. I think it works with the Guatemalan skirt OK. The different colors of the fabric allows it to go with many different solid colored skirts (yet to be altered or newly made)
I sort of made view C, cutting a 12 for the neck, shoulders and sleeve and a 16 for the rest of the shirt, adding a 3/8″ FBA. I think I could have made a deeper adjustment through the bust.
Now, really, I should do a review of this pattern at Pattern Review, and maybe I will. But this pattern is now OOP (out of print) so it’s not a loss to the sewing community if I let it just slide into history. I’ll remake this pattern just because I like it.
The collar is very nicely shaped and it is loose around the neck as the only reviewer at PR has said. I think you can see that from the technical drawing where you can see the base of the neck in the drawing.
But do you see any indication of a gathered sleevehead in the pattern illustration or line drawing of view C? No, I didn’t either. I measured the length of the sleeve pattern piece and took out 1.75″ per my usual Vogue adjustment.
I just wasn’t thinking straight when I measured that sleeve piece: it clearly had a high, rounded cap, the kind used for a gathered sleeve. But did I give that more than a fleeting thought? No-o-o-o! I measured from the top of that piece right down to where the pattern’s 2″ wide cuff attaches, and took out 1.75″. I took out too much length, that’s all there is to it.
Fortunately, I had enough fabric left over to make the longer cuffs.
I continued my thoughtless sewing and attached the longer cuff to the pleated sleeve. No-o-o-o-o! It looked so weird, this style of cuff really needs the sleeve to be gathered into it. Much better when gathered.
So here we go: cuff done.
This pattern planned for a frayed edge ruffle but I just could not bring myself to let this Liberty of London fabric fray in the wash. I doubled the width of the ruffle strips, sewed and turned them out to have a proper ruffle, then stitched the seamed edge to the shirt fronts That made stitching the ruffles much more difficult. They are just top stitched on and the tightness of the fabric plus 5 thicknesses and ruffling wore out my 7/10 needle. Oh well. Mission accomplished.
The ruffles meet in the front
and the buttonholes on the right hand side are tucked in behind the first row of ruffles.
Very tricky little detail there, don’t you think? I like it and I like it more finally done.