Confession Time...do you have any sewn garments that are still UFOs just for the sake of a little hand-stitching? I made this shirt back in January, and it has taken me until now to sew the buttons on. It's not that I hate hand sewing. I use to carry it around with me to do whilst I was stuck waiting for someone. Now my kids are older, I am doing a whole lot of dropping off and picking up, and not so much waiting anymore. It took a gymnastics competition and a dance recital for me to get these buttons sewn on.
I have never been great at shirt-making, so I followed along the Craftsy course "Sew Better, Sew Faster: Shirtmaking with Janet Pray". I think that worked, because this is the nicest shirt I have sewn. I meant to sew several more shirts straight afterwards, to cement the techniques learnt in my brain, but was distracted by other sewing whims. Guess I'll have to watch the course again. I do like Janet's courses, but find I have to watch them at 1.5 pace, because of my impatience.
The pattern is the Angela Blouse by Stylearc. I chose my size based on shoulder measurement, rather than bust measurement, and am really happy with the fit (I would be at least a size smaller based on bust measurement). I made no fitting changes to the pattern, because I was concentrating on construction technique, rather than fitting (can't do too much at once!). I did change the cuff to a regular width, instead of the wide cuff that comes with the pattern. I meant to lengthen the sleeve to accommodate this change but forgot. Happily, the sleeves are not too short and mostly I will wear them rolled up anyhow.
Speaking of which...there is a whole lotta stripe-matching awesomeness going on. Both horizontal and vertical. At the front....
At the sides...
Even on the cuff placket, which makes it almost invisible.
So glad I got the buttons sewn on and can finally wear this.