I decided to make a plain white cotton summer short sleeved shirt. Our summer is nearly over, but I only have one really cool summer blouse to wear when the thermometer climbs to about 95 degrees. I sometimes visit Adelaide and occasionally it gets to over 105 degrees, so I like simple loose cotton shirts with loose cotton trousers (on my to make list).
I used New Look pattern6963. The version I used is the blue shirt shown at the bottom right corner.
I did take the precaution of laying the pattern pieces on top of a blouse that fitted reasonably well on the shoulders before cutting. I decided to make size 8 with a little more at the side seams for the front.
I started the shirt during the week. I am afraid had to dedicate yesterday entirely to paperwork (at home, a year or more of sorting - should have done it at the time, but I was finishing a degree, my husband became unwell, his two staff resigned and I had to hold the fort until we could get a new person - and am still sorting out the billing and bookkeeping side of his practice, so I can be excused for being a little behind with my paperwork!
However, I digress:
I made most of the shirt up last week as it is pretty straightforward - some sewing everyday got it nearly to the finish point. The shirt was finished this morning, as my reward for yesterday's diligence, with the button and buttonholes attended.
And now on me:
Front view of course. Now the back:
As I did not fit this shirt - this is a wearable muslin, I have to admit it is no worse in fit than anything I buy - I am not very broad across the back, but need my front accommodated. I am never going to be able to change my underlying angular shape. I think when I move it will be fine - and I still need to be able to bend over. And on very hot days the extra roominess is always welcome - who wants hot fabric that clings?
As the shirt is cotton homespun, I thought it might look like a bit of old sheet without a bit of care, so I did quite a lot of top stitching to make the shirt look a little more sporty.
|Topstitching across collar, and a flat fell seam on yoke.|
|Topstitching on collar and collar facing, front band and yoke.|
|Back dart topstitched.|
|Front dart topstitched.|
|Sleeve finish and also sleeve head topstitched.|
|Buttonhole - not automatic but operator skill (me!) on an old Bernina 217n.|
I'll move on to the pattern review now.
Pattern used: New Look 6963 Version C.
Pattern Description - A shirt with collar variations -either a collar of collar band. Blouse has a yoke and a semi-fitted front with dart only. The back has two versions - one is darted and the other has a pleat. The shirt comes with sleeve variations - sleeves, short with cuff, elbow length gathered, and roll up with tab.
Did it look like the drawing/photograph on the pattern envelope - Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow - Yes, except I tweaked the top stitching at collar and facing.
Fabric used - Cotton homespun.
Pattern alterations or changes you made - I cut out size 8 and that was still a little large across my back. I shortened the bodice by an inch as I am a short waisted petite.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? - Yes
Conclusion - a lovely little shirt to add as a wardrobe basic. I will make it again, with a few modifications to improve the fit.
My additional remarks: A good shirt for casual weekends.
Does it go with 2 or 3 other garments I already own? - Yes, a plain white blouse goes with most things I wear.
That's it for this post :)