To make up for the frumptastic skirt, I did the next apparel project in my queue – McCalls 5388. I could not have asked for a nicer confidence booster. I technically did NOT finish it in March. I had everything but the hem done on the 30th, but the hem was sewn in the car on the way to my sister’s senior art show reception. I think I’ll forgive myself for it because this was the second project completed in the month.
I used a cobalt blue “Jet Set” knit from Joann’s. I can’t say this too often. I LOVE THIS COLOR BLUE. It makes me feel lovely to wear it, and it brings out the color of my eyes. If I had to choose one color to wear for the rest of my life, it would be this one. seriously.
I really think the fabric choice is essential here. A lot of the reviews on Sewing Pattern Review had complaints of sizing running large, but one pointed out the sized problems existed was due to fabric choice. I have to agree with her. The fit was just fine for me. I used my above bust chest measurement (a la Fit for Real People) to determine a size 14, but graded it out to an 18 starting under the bust to the hips. It kept it nice and loose around my hips, but a perfect fit around my upper chest.
I’m really proud of myself for taking the time to do every little step in the instructions (right down to the slip stitched bottom hem), because it resulted in a very well fit and professional looking shirt. The only problem is no one asks if I made it, because you can’t tell. 🙂
- Sewing with knits
- Adjusting shirt pattern
Nice color and GREAT fit!
Ooooh! I have that same pattern, cut and waiting to be used! Yours looks fantastic! Really wonderful fit… you’re not kidding 🙂 Maybe today is the big day for me. I’m so inspired! I also share the issue of grading patterns larger for my lower half… I made a strapless dress 2 years ago, and the hips were a little “pointy” since I didn’t grade it well. It was made out of curtains (a la Sound of Music), so I think the fabric distracted from the construction issues 🙂
PS ~ I adore your haircut!
I look forward to seeing what you do with it! I really recommend using a knit. And I’ll have to take a picture of how I graded it.