Saturday, 26 September 2015

Checked and Buttoned

Spring in the antipodes! The weather is warming up and the check cotton mentioned here is now stitched and ready to wear.

With only 1.35 metres of fabric it had to be a short-sleeved model which I like a lot now that it's finished.

Off-the-peg clothing sizes have altered so much in recent years that I must keep reminding myself my pattern size is 12, not 10 or 8 as I would buy ready made. Hence this Style Pattern No 1064 (View 3), which is a size 10, was never going to fit in its original form. Only when it was cut out with darts and seams stitched did I finally get the message that it was really not going to fit. Sigh.

I liked the way this pattern shaped in at the waist but the back darts had to go. Next the side seam allowance went, with a gain of another 1 1/2 inches. Almost there.

The final gain was made by cribbing some of the front facing, which was a folded piece, and turning it into a button band.

With these adjustments, the size 10 converted to a size 12.

The darts in the front give a nice shape at the waist even if the back darts had to be sacrificed.

A shortage of fabric meant no chance of matching the checks on the side seams.

I like the collar …

And the little bit of puff at the sleeve cap.

And I like the cuff on the sleeve and the pink buttons from the button box … In other words, I LOVE this shirt. Considering the fabric cost all of $1, I think I'll get more than my monies worth from this make.


  1. This is a very pretty top! I love the soft summery colours :)