29 Feb Garment #6 – Vogue 8689
My goodness ~ thank you, Readers, for solving the pajamas vs. shirt dilemma! You overwhelmingly suggested that I stay true to my original intention, and I am taking your advice. I will wear the top as pajamas 😉
The decision, however, left me without the boyfriend shirt I was craving. Enter garment #6.
Indeed ~ another shirt.
Greetings from the campus of Johnson and Wales University in beautiful Charlotte, NC. We happen to be staying in a hotel that connects with the campus, and if I was a student again, I’d fill my closet with cozy and comfortable button down shirts. This one is sewn in a chambray from Fabric.com.
The pattern is the classic Vogue 8689, and it’s definitely a keeper.
I made View B (featured in the larger photograph) with the bracelet sleeve length and combined with the longer hem length from View E. The princess seams and front and back yokes allow for optimal fitting.
What I really enjoyed about sewing this pattern was the professional result due to the flat-fell seam finishes used throughout the shirt’s construction.
Having sewn only a few traditional shirts during the last 4 1/2 years, I’ve been working hard to sharpen my skills needed to master shirt making. The sleeve plackets, collar, collar stand, cuffs and front band all require precision, but practice makes perfect and I may have turned the corner with this one.
I’ve been on quite a shirt obsession this month thanks to my new sewing machine with its fabulous buttonhole capabilities,but the obsession has concluded, and the result is a trilogy of tailored patterns to accommodate different fabrics and style preferences. From left to right: Sewaholic Granville Shirt, Butterick 5526 and Vogue 8689
The Granville features front bust darts, the Butterick has no darts, and the Vogue features princess seams. I have achieved the best fit in the back with the Granville pattern, but plan to keep all three patterns for future use.
“Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring.”
Until soon 🙂