Posted very late after the fact… Wrote the review back in April but didn’t take photos until June, and then it was vacation time… Anyway, here comes the review!
I started sewing this in January, but I mentioned last post that I threw the shirt into a corner in a rage. After spending several hours pattern matching the pockets, basting, sewing, ripping out due to the super high placement, cutting out new pockets for better pattern matching, basting again, top stitching, the result looked like SHITE. (I ended up ripping them out at the end.) Anyhow, this long weekend I had the house to myself and I finally finished it up!
I purchased a plaid flannel all the way from US, fabric.com. My plan was to use it for outdoorsy activities. Generally I hate what outdoor clothing companies produce for women. Seriously – why is everything pink??
I wish they made guys’ clothes in women’s sizes – neutral and classic. Anyway, I was having trouble deciding between a more fitted shirt and a looser shirt, and the boxier look below won out for me.
I washed the fabric before cutting and sewing and it ended up surprisingly rough and thin 😦 Super disappointing. This was also part of the reason I have been procrastinating so much in finishing it up, just knowing that the fabric will not feel that nice on the skin. Though maybe I can tumble dry it to soften it up, hopefully not shrinking it either.
Now the photos!
But actually, now that the shirt is done, (with a few minor quibbles noted below) I’m surprised how good it looks! The effort I put into matching the plaids really paid off. I may actually wear this one, also considering that I’ll be using it mainly around the house and taking walks in the forest.
- Sewed size 10 (for a looser fit)
- Shortened arms 4 cm
What I don’t like
- Pockets are too high
- The huge collar! Not helped by the collar stand… I should have realized by looking at other people’s photos that the collar (for me) resembles a shirt from the 70s… Or maybe I am just so used to fast fashion shirts where as little fabric is used as possible? In any case I will try tracing off another collar from another shirt or pattern
- Other reviewers mentioned the excessive shoulder ease. I may try adjusting this next time.
- Rather airy around the midsection… I actually feel a cold draft while wearing this shirt, even though the fabric is rather thick, making it too cold and too warm to wear at the same time… Maybe I will try taking it in at the waist?
Maybe, maybe I should sew this shirt again immediately. I have been frustrated at the quality of my sewn garments, and given the amount of time that goes into making fitting adjustments, figuring the construction, ripping out mistakes, perhaps it would be smarter to sew up the same pattern several times immediately after the first… The compulsive overachiever side of me wants to constantly switch to new, better, shinier patterns. Though the pragmatic side of me thinks, hey, aren’t you always looking for shirts for work, and modifications is what sewing is all about!.. (does it need to be boring?) I have been hunting for a shirt to replace one that I have worn to death. Heck I still wear that shirt which needs replacing, even though I shouldn’t (have had several wardrobe malfunctions as the bust buttonhole opens by itself). Thinking something like these, but in black (and not in that polyester material):
And I feel like I am so close to being able to make it myself, with a few changes like adding the shoulder epaulettes and flap pockets. (Hmm asking for trouble?) I don’t have the heart to rip apart the shirt I own and trace it off. This also means I need to buy some fabric… Decisions, decisions!