I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would be confident enough to try shirt-making on my own now after setting in my second ever collar (the first on my McCall's 6696 shirtdress) and working out the cuff attachment along with the finish of the cuff opening.
All in all it was a great learning experience with lots of opportunity for beautiful neat top-stitching (I can't say it's 100% neat everywhere - but it was my first attempt!)
An added bonus was a friend I met on a sewing workshop years ago (pencil skirt at Saturday Sewing Sessions) also took the class so it was nice catching up again.
I must also mention another sewing friend Alex who kindly took the photos of me in Neals Yard, Seven Dials. This mini photoshoot was fuelled by some rather lovely treats at Hotel Chocolat which we discovered was another shared interest (then again, who doesn't love chocolate!).
The shirt is made in a Liberty Tana Lawn called Plastic Fantastic which I purchased Liberty's online when they had a 50% off abstract prints sale a couple of months ago (which made this only £22.50). I have to admit the fabric turned out a little more lilac than I could tell from the computer screen but I still really like it. The quality and weight of the cotton is delicious! I bought 2 metres and I still have just under half a metre left.... now what could I make with that? Any ideas sewing friends?
|My first open set sleeve using a French Seam. You need ALL OF THE PINS!|
|Lots of pins to even out the sleeve curve. I managed almost NO puckers in this sleeve which I am immensely proud of.|
|You must stitch about 2mm around the marked cuff point and then cut to reveal the cuff opening. A bit tricky.|
|The pattern doesn't ask you to use any form of interfacing on the button stand so I used Stitch and Tear on the reverse side of the buttons to give the fabric a bit more stability when sewing the buttonholes. It really worked a treat!|
|Happy with 95% of the top-stitching on the shirt. Hopefully next time it will be 100%|
Overall I am pretty happy with my new shirt. I now feel I could tackle the Grainline Archer which I have had for over 2 years unused!
Things I changed on the SOI Ultimate Shirt:
- I added 6cm to the length of the sleeve - Yes I know! Gorilla arms....
- I didn't add the front and back darts on this shirt as I felt it worked better without on me
- I sewed the cuff buttonholes the wrong way so must remember NOT to do that next time
- I have already amended the paper pattern by adding an extra bit on back near the shoulders as its a little tight
- Still need to do the corresponding amendment to the top of the shoulder on the front pattern piece
- *Might* lengthen the body for extra tuckability-into-trousers-and-skirts?
Have you got any good tips about shirt making? I would love any advice or tips.