Here is a simple hanger shot:
The fabric was a voile cotton with almost a suede finish which will explain some of the odd colour shading.
This is a very good pattern.
Well-drafted, which means it slots together well, and a great fit for a comfortable shirt. Good smart directions too.
My only comment is that it uses the traditional blouse continuous lap placket which is something I hate doing. Far too many fabric layers in a short space and as a result they never, IMO, lie flat (I have turned the sleeve around for the photo so you can see what I mean.)
Far better to use a nice neat, and if you want a more feminine version a smaller, proper shirt placket like the one I put in a Negroni shirt for my nephew last night:
I know there are versions of this being put on the Archers over at the sew-along. However again I think that doing it in two pieces is unnecessary - a one pattern piece version, as you find in the Negroni, is just so much easier and always turns out perfectly. The trick is of course to trace the stitching box on typing paper and pin it directly over the placket piece on the shirt sleeve and just stitch through the line on the paper with a small stitch (you can tear the paper away easily afterwards) to get around what looks like complicated marking on the pattern piece.
I know I should be doing some tutorials, but it really is getting a little nuts around here pre-Christmas time. Hopefully I will get a chance to catch up.
I have been reading a lot of indie pattern instruction sheets lately and I am also thinking I really need to write a sewing book.
Soooo many of these patterns (some of them designed by folks who are now publishing their own basic sewing books) are just telling sewers to do things the hardest way possible and with that the largest margin for error.
Over and over again I want to say "there is an easier way to do this, there really is, with better results".
It seems to me that some of these talented young designers are looking up techniques in standard sewing texts. Fair enough but they are missing out on the knowledge of a whole generation of sewers, brilliant women who were under-employed as housewives and went on to write amazing books (often self-published and I have them) full of smart and nifty ways around sewing problems, and to teach and broadcast in some places really interesting classes where they taught their methods.
The problem was that this work was often not well captured and the new generation of sewers can't access it.
But I can.
I read those books, I took those classes, I taught those classes.
I knew those women. I was the part of the last generation they passed on a way of thinking about sewing to.
Someone has to get this information out there.
I really am seeing too many gapping knit necklines ( 3/4 ratio for self fabric, 2/3 for ribbing, pin-and-mark-in quarters) too many V necklines done in the way that has a 99% chance of ending in a little bump rather than a way that has a 99% chance of success first off.
So I need to write a book and have to figure out how to get that done.
Now off to packing that shirt off for Winnipeg.