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Sheer Shirt

Have you ever had a pattern and you don’t know why you bought it?

I was looking through some of my pattern stash recently, and I have to say that it is quite considerable now, when I came across this one, New look 6305. I don’t quite know why I collect so many patterns. I think it is a bit like people who like books knowing that they can not possibly read them all but they just have to own them. I know that I will never have the time to make everything that I want to sew but some how owning the patterns is inspiring and keeps the sewing juices flowing.

Sheer Shirt Pattern image
Sheer Shirt Pattern

Getting back to New Look 6350, I don’t recall acquiring such a boring looking pattern with such an ugly envelope picture. However, I thought that I would set myself a little challenge to make a wearable and possibly even fashionable garment from this uninspiring look.

The fabric I’ve used is a patterned sheer, which has been in the stash for quite some time waiting for it’s turn at the sewing machine.

Sheer Shirt Bust Dart image
Sheer Shirt Bust Dart

The seams are all sewn as french seams so that all the edges are encased and will not fray. This also looks nice as of the seams are visible from the outside of the sheer, see through fabric. The only seam which is not a french seam is around the sleeve head which I could have stitched as a flat felled seam, however I attached as usual then serged to lock the two layers of fabric together. In the finished photographs I think it looks neat enough.

I traced off the pattern pieces for view C on the packet picture. I did this instead of cutting out the actual paper pattern itself because I was not sure if I would be cutting it about and restyling the pieces . In the end though after making a toile from a piece of cotton sheeting fabric which I buy just for this purpose, it was decided to simply lengthen the bodice and slightly reduce the width of the edging band. I also did not put the cuff band onto the sleeves as they were long enough already and the cuff made them look too heavy for the sheer fabric.
The sleeves now finish at the same point as the bodice hemline.

Sheer Shirt Front image
Sheer Shirt Front
Sheer Shirt Side image
Sheer Shirt Side

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My assessment of the final shirt is that I shouldn’t be too quick to judge a pattern and just because the picture on the packet looks a bit dated it only needs a small helping of inspiration to nudge it back into fashion. It is a very easy top to wear. I think it would be very comfortable and up to date made from a sweatshirt fabric, maybe grey or another neutral tone. It would also work in cotton, silk, denim or something with a bit of stretch like a ponte roma.

I guess I shall have to create a dress next from the rest of the pattern.

Sheer Shirt Front image
Sheer Shirt Front

Easter shirt

Happy Easter

The flowers are out, the sun is in the sky and the trees are growing their new leaves, I adore this wonderful time of year. I find so much inspiration to live well and be more healthy in the springtime.

You have to love springtime

I’m thinking about and starting to plan out my sewing for the season ahead. I’ve got as far as knowing for sure that April is now officially my Gingham month! So look out for lots of that over the next four weeks. There will be at least one Gingham dress, a shirt and a few other items too. Today however, is almost another floral make, even though I had previously declared the florals over and done with. There is a saying which goes something like, do what you love and then at least one person is happy, and as virtually any style of sewing, with any type of fabric makes me happy, that’s exactly what I did.

I was so pleased with the finished result of the Rosie shirt last week, that I decided to make myself another one, an Easter shirt to wear. I am finding that shirts are such an essential piece of clothing in my wardrobe at the moment. They are so easy to wear either on their own with jeans or as a throw on over a vest top. And they cover a multitude of Easter egg eating sins!

Rosie Shirt Gathered Wrist image
Rosie Shirt Gathered Wrist

This time I made the shirt a little differently with a pointed collar, instead of the rounded one. I’ve chosen to make it using a crisp cotton fabric. I would usually pre wash all my fabrics before starting a new sewing project, however on this occasion I haven’t and I may live to regret this as the fabric seems to have a starch finish on it to keep it crisp. I’m just hoping now that it doesn’t shrink when it is washed for the first time. Silly me- live and learn!

 

Rosie Shirt Front image
Rosie Shirt Front

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