Pattern: Sewaholic's Granville Shirt
Fabric: 2 yards cotton shirting
After trying out Sewaholic's Granville shirt, I knew it was time to start sewing up my own replacements. Enter my white button-front shirt, a wardrobe classic and much-needed addition to my closet. It replaces this sad shirt:
I know. It's amazing I even have a job. And while I've also officially started grad school now, it seems even more of a reason to have a well-fitting professional wardrobe. It's about time!
This pattern is designed to be fairly fitted, which makes it great for a work top. However, some of the parts ended up too fitted on me in my test version, namely across the upper back and sleeves. So, as noted in my last post, I made several tweaks to the pattern to improve the fit:
- Graded from a 4 at the bust to an 8 at the waist and a 0 at the hip (I guess I'm not much of a pear shape after all!)
- Graded sleeve side seam up about one size (to a 6), and added a pleat where the sleeve meets the cuff
- Shortened sleeve by 2 1/2 inches - her fit model must be gangly!
- Added 1/4" to 1/2" to the upper back princess seam to give more room across the back
- Shortened hem by 1" at center front grading to size 0 line at the side, and shortened by 2" at center back. This is more of my personal preference for length.
Here is a pic of the back and the much-improved fit. Pardon the wrinkles, my iron needed to be cleaned and could not be trusted on a white shirt, which I have already worn to work.
I am quite pleased with the results. There's still some drag lines at the bust, but overall it feels nice to wear and is comfortable all day, plus allows for plenty of movement. So now I can ride my bike, walk the dog, or hop on the train and still show up to work in style.