13 July 2011
new shirt for me.
I have been in the mood, lately, to sew for myself. Aiming to strike whilst the iron was hot (don't you love a good sewing pun?), I made the quick-and-easy Simplicity 2593 shirt. I went with no ruffly collar or sleeves--even though that's why I picked the pattern out in the first place, since I have a store bought top with that detail and I liked it. But it seemed like it would be a little much in this fabric.
There it is in action. I sometimes have that problem you see with the weird "shelf" forming across my chest. It's not that the shirt is too small, I don't think--it gaps a bit at the back and at the front if I lean forward--but maybe has something to do with the body of the fabric. Like I should choose something with more drape to it if I make it again? The fabric, anyhow, is lovely and feels super nice--it's a cotton lawn from the Lisette line that Liesl Gibson (of oliver + s fame) is doing for Jo-Ann fabrics right now. I'm just not sure if it was the perfect choice for this gathered-top style. Any thoughts from more experienced seamstresses out there?
Here's a shot that gets in the whole shirt, and a better sense of the color:
Infelicities aside, I am happy to have another top to add to my summer wardrobe--and I think this one will work for the fall, too, under a cardigan.
I'd love to hear suggestions for other simple, clean-lined top patterns--I really like the fit of some tops I have with no inset sleeve, just the body of the shirt extended into shortish sleeves. Sort of like this or this. [I'd go a little less 1980s than that second example, although she is definitely rocking the look.] These would be knits, most likely--which is another area of intimidation, but I think I feel up to it after all my 90-minute shirt practice.