I’m nearing the home stretch on a shirt that may very well be an almost perfect dress shirt (for me).
About a month or so ago I sucked it up and bought three Hot Patterns patterns that I’d had my eye on—this was during their buy 2, get 1 free deal. I chose three that I thought would be very good basic wardrobe pieces: Plain & Simple Princess Shirt, Classix Nouveaux Raxor Sharp Pants and the Deco Vibe Cocoon Coat. They’re each from a different one of Hot Patterns’ (very cleverly-named) lines—so I could get a feeling of what their fit and design was like across a range of styles, and they’re honestly quite pricey ($15-18 a pop). I’d been intrigued by their contemporary, Nordstrom-esque (Josh and I both love Nordy’s waaaaay too much) designs, so I took the plunge and purchased them.
The first up was the Plain & Simple Princess Shirt. I cut into the gorgeous pink Robert Kaufman that I wrote about here. I love this fabric and it’s been amazing to work with. This shirt has come together wonderfully, with the exception of a bit of a hiccup (okay, a day-long hiccup) with the collar. It’s constructed like a tailored jacket lapel, rather than a regular shirt collar. I wished I’d snapped to that before I started, because that would have saved me a lot of ripping. I was saved by this post on the Off the Cuff sewing blog. If you’re planning on trying this shirt, please read that oh-so-helpful post first. Trust me.
I’ve only got to hem the shirt and figure out the button placement. I also want to take in the waist seams a bit as well, to create a more fitted silhouette. So, hopefully, I’ll be able to post the finished product in the next day or so.
Oh, and when I do post the finished product, I won’t be wearing like the sketch model in the long-sleeved blouse (sorry, Josh!). Just in case you were worried.No related posts...
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