Tutorial part 7 - parting words. New Look 6963.
The pattern has variations in collar shape, and also has a three fold front band (really nice look), and sleeve variations.
Do make a quick muslin first to check the fit and to practice the steps your particular pattern advises. You will also find out if all the pattern pieces fit together well, and what sort of ease the sleeve cap has (many commercial patterns have excess ease in the sleeves which has to be removed).
Sometimes I see if the shirt I want to make has been reviewed on pattern review. This one has quite a few reviews and they are all good, except for a quibble about the yoke not being faced. That is easy to do if you want to, but then you would have to finish the collar over the yoke, and not with a facing.
The little shirt above was my sample - I tend to use cheap fabrics and trial the whole pattern - if it works, then I have a garment, if not, if it is not going to work, I move on. If it does not work due to my own limitations, I learn what to do, and make another. This one did and being a cotton, even though a cheap one, it is wonderfully wearable on a hot summer day.
I did find that the bust point was low for me so I needed to raise it. Your muslin should tell you whether the dart is right for you. Also, for very full busted girls, this shirt may not have enough room over the bust - you may need to add extra, or alternatively, work with a princess line that will accommodate your curves after adding for a larger cup size.
I did not tell you to press as you sew - I am assuming that you already know this.
Press as you sew - then iron at the end.
Sleeves- Sandra commented that sewing them in is a bit pin -prickly - yes, it is - but it is quite okay to hand baste seams before you sew. Somewhere we seem to get the idea that everything needs to be quick, but there is nothing wrong with tacking first. Especially for a tricky job, or if you are new to something.
If you have never made a button down shirt or blouse before, your first may not be perfect. Don't be hard on yourself if you make mistakes - I still make plenty, especially if I am trying something new or trying to solve a problem. Mistakes are just a way of saying you are trying and learning.
Reading yesterdays comments, it seems quite a few of you are worried about buttonholes. I agree, that is quite a stressful job - it is easy to ruin things at the last moment. I worked with a brilliant sample machinist once and she still got anxious with buttonholes.
And some of you don't have automatic buttonhole functions on your machines, which makes the job trickier.
I thought I would run some buttonhole tutes next week. I grew up having to make buttonholes by hand, so I might teach you how to do those as well (sometimes I even repair a botched buttonhole by reworking by hand around it).
I'm going to make another one now - this shirt is a great basic for summer wardrobes, handy for those occasions when you want to be casual but a little bit smart as well. I'll also press this one and re-arrange it on the dummy so that it sits better for my formal gallery photo!
I'd also like to thank you all for your wonderful comments and support. I am new to writing tutorials for blogs (I have done plenty at University in a different area of expertise) so this one has taught me a little bit about how to go about the process.
Do have a good weekend wherever you are, wishing you good health, good cheer and good sewing.