Hi, sewing friends! It feels like forever since we’ve had a good old basic sewing post. So that’s what we have today. I love doing special projects and field trips and, honestly, taking a break from blogging has allowed me to build up a nice backlog of projects to share with you, but it’s also nice to get back to the normal, everyday type of sewing stuff. A little break makes it feel more special, and it makes me excited to share things with you.
So, all that to say, I made a shirt! And I love it!
The pattern I used was Simplicity 2255, which first came to life in my closet in an orange iteration last year.
This time I made the same view (View D) in the same size (16 at the bust, 18 at the waist and hips), but I left off the pocket, and I didn’t mess up the bias binding on the armholes! Progress!
I will say that the shirt feels different in the quilting cotton I chose this time around than the voile-like mystery fabric I used last time. I think I would like the armhole to be slightly larger, so I looked in some fitting books and, if I make this again, I’m going to try scooping out the bottom curve of the armhole just a bit, although I’m open to other suggestions if you have them. It’s not uncomfortable exactly, but it feels a bit high and like there should be more room. This wasn’t something I noticed in the first version.
I’d had my eye on this fabric for a long time, but what I didn’t see until my friend pointed it out, was that the pattern on this fabric almost makes a sort of plaid. (Thanks, Maggie!) I haven’t really delved into much pattern matching, but I decided to try to generally match the horizontal lines, and it turned out pretty well! I’m happy with it. I’m also really in love with the vintage buttons I used that came from my mother-in-law (Thanks, Mom!).
I’m trying really hard to pay attention to what I most like to wear in each season and what I feel good in. For summer, I’ve decided I like looser things so the breeze can keep me cool when I’m wearing them. (In contrast, I find that I want to be wrapped up in blankets in the winter, hence “secret blanket clothing”.) This shirt is definitely loose and breezy, and I feel super cool when I’m wearing it (literally and figuratively).
Here are a few detail shots.
So, that’s about it for this shirt! I’ve worn it two times this week, and I washed it yesterday so I can wear it again today. Don’t judge (or if you have to, keep it on the inside)! 😉
How about some Recommendations?
- When I get the chance to watch TV these days, I’ve really been enjoying Atelier, a show created by Netflix and Fuji TV about a girl just out of school (college? grad school?) who goes to work in a custom lingerie store in Tokyo. Unlike an American show, this isn’t smutty or racy, but is a really heartwarming story about learning to take pride in making quality work and to prioritize your customers, co-workers, and friends above your bottom line.
- Hila’s blue dress over on Saturday Night Stitch is so cute. I love it! She copied a ready-to-wear dress, and I’d say she nailed it.
- Allie J. interviews Deborah Kreiling of Simplicity, and they talk all about Simplicity’s vintage rereleases. It’s really fascinating to get an inside look at Simplicity’s process.
- And because I try to share the new things I find with you, I bring you an Olympic sport I missed the first time around: ballet skiing. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if the world is better or worse without this in the Olympics.