I used this thrifted fabric for a bunch of reasons:
- cost - at $3.99 for 8 yards, if I screwed up, I would not be out really anything at all
- drape - the fabric is fairly thin, though not see through, and seemed to be the right drape for this shirt.
- kitsch and cuteness - OK, I'm a vintage junkie and I knew I'd be more apt to wear this if it were fun. I love this print. Maybe a little busy, but I love it!
My sister agreed to model for me, luckily. I was still in my sweat pants and had bed head, so her modeling seemed the better option for us all. The shirt went together fast - the toughest part was tracing out my size. Since we are staying at my mother's house this weekend, I did not have all my equipment with (tracing wheel, freezer paper, etc). I ended up taping the pattern to the sliding glass door and tracing it out onto tissue paper. Not fast, but effective! I was also without my rotary cutter and mat, so I relied on pinning and shears - which took longer than I'm used to as well. I realized that while I don't need all the sewing accessories and tools I've amassed over the past 2 years, they sure make things go faster. I did have, mind you, my mothers trusty Husqvarna, (sister to my own) so the sewing itself was just dandy. Meg's directions were fantastic - and just when I would not quite get it, there would be a drawing to help me understand. It took less than an hour for the actual sewing itself - and I only had to rip out one seam (crooked hem - all my bad, not the fault of the pattern).Here is me trying to show (somewhat unsuccessfully) how I sewed down the pleat.
I opted for making this shirt length - I actually made it at the tunic length first and just did not love it on me. So I hemmed it up and found it more flattering on me as a shirt. Because I did not follow directions and use the correct seam allowances, it was just a little roomier than I wanted it -but I was able to take it in a bit up either side (probably to where the seam allowances published would have been) and it fits perfect now. I sewed down the 2 pleats in front - so they did not billow out as much. I also hand sewed the placket together about 1/2 way up, since I knew I would want to wear this without having to wear something underneath. Last, I left out the elastic casing for the sleeves, mainly because I thought it would be more comfortable without it.
I'll be making more of these, that is guaranteed. I had to stop myself from adding my mismatched vintage buttons up the placket of this one. Wouldn't that be cute with elastic thread loops on the other side as a closure? This fabric was busy enough... but I think on a more neutral fabric they would be fabulous. I also debated adding belt loops and a belt - maybe I'd like the tunic with a belt? Oh - the possibilities!