Most times when I’m in my craft room I’m having a great time. Then there are those other times. Those times when you grit your teeth and just need to get it done despite the frustration. This shirt was one of those times. Had the fabric not been so beautiful I might have given up, but, it’s a print I have been eyeballing online for a long time, and when I found it in a shop I had to have it.
Last post I mentioned that despite the loose fit of this shirt, my broad and square shoulders were too much for it, so a lot of unpicking had to be done. Let me clarify, the only seams remaining were the side seams! I fit and pinned armhole and yoke modifications in my bathroom mirror and altered the paper pattern pieces. I then cut new back yoke pieces and armhole bindings from the remaining material I thankfully had. It was a case of fabric chicken.
In total, I modified the back yoke, armholes, back hem, front pleat area, and took in the sides a smidge. All modifications worked well except the front pleat area, which I shouldn’t have messed with. I’m thinking that maybe this pattern is just not for my “square” body type, however I will wear my newly made top before I pass final judgement, I think that’s only fair.
This whole process had me thinking that I would really like to take a class and learn from a professional how to make clothing that accommodates our unique shapes. I know these classes do exist, but unfortunately it wouldn’t be convenient living out here in the sticks. I know there are some online courses, but I think having people there to help you measure and check your work would be so helpful and such a great experience. Have you ever taken such a class, and if so, what was your experience?