Supersize Me!


14 Jan Supersize Me!


Maybe it’s just me but on January 2, I was craving an oversized shirt to hide my holiday indulgences…. and when I’m in an unattractive state of mind, the  fabric I like to turn to is silk.

This Famous Designer Black and Off-White Animal Print Crepe de Chine was the perfect antidote for my post holiday doldrums.

Crepe de Chine

 I feel better already!


My pattern of choice was Simplicity 2447, but it wasn’t just oversized, it was supersized!

Simplicity 2447

 Before cutting into the silk I made a full muslin which required one alteration after another. The photo below shows the muslin after the excess is pinned out of the princess seams and (the photo left) armscye.


It’s not easy being short 😉 Check out the bunching of fabric in the back after I removed two inches of length from the bodice……..


To eliminate the excess from the muslin I followed Lynda Maynard’s directions from her Craftsy Class, Sew the Perfect Fit by horizontally slicing the back pattern piece at the waist to the edge of the paper. By creating a wedge I eliminated the bulk from the middle of the back without affecting the length. Fortunately, my new roll of Pattern Paper from Mood Fabrics served me well as I transferred my alterations to a new pattern piece.

Simp 2447

It helped re-draw the pattern on grain and assisted in keeping my alterations precise as I drafted a new pattern piece from the alterations.  For those making constant pattern alterations, I believe the huge roll of paper is worth the $30 investment Check it out HERE.

pattern paper

After eliminating the bulk from the back, I left the back length longer than the front.

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My one regret was not ordering an extra ½ yard of the silk. I did not have enough fabric for a full collar and settled on the collar stand featured in View D.

I cut all pattern pieces with a new rotary blade and used pattern weights (along with a very few pins) to prevent slipping.  All of the careful measuring, pinning and fitting were worth the time, as I believe oversized garments should fit just as well as fitted ones.

001 facebook_cover (1)Sewing a casual style in silk crepe de chine was true luxury for me. Whether worn with an old pair or cords or my new Marcy Tilton leggings, the combination of style and fabric yields a top that is the epitome of comfort and a great wardrobe extender.


Hubby hasn’t seen it yet but I know what his reaction will be……..

“ It’s pretty, but I like fitted clothes and shirts that tuck in better.”



 Gotta love the versatility of a silk blouse !

Until soon 🙂

  • Yoshie Wong
    Posted at 07:05h, 14 January Reply

    Really nice and cute!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 00:39h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you, Yoshie!

  • Treva Putsche
    Posted at 07:19h, 14 January Reply

    Nice job Sara. Looks like you went a bit shorter than your muslin , I think was a good decision. Being Short can be difficult!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 00:40h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you, Treva! I should have made the front 1 inch longer but certainly not as long as the muslin 😉

  • Barbara gray
    Posted at 07:34h, 14 January Reply

    It is stunning Sarah, beautiful work and like you say very versatile.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 00:40h, 15 January Reply

      Many thanks, Barbara! I’ll wear it a lot 🙂

  • Juliet Lupton
    Posted at 08:02h, 14 January Reply

    Oh yes, you chose a print that is so you and the style of the shirt is beautiful too. How does your silk fabric wash or are you planning to dry clean?

    • Dianne Wade
      Posted at 17:21h, 14 January Reply

      I’m interested in whether the silk is washable or to be dry cleaned.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:42h, 14 January Reply

      Thank you, Juliet!
      I plan to dry clean this fabric. On occasion I will hand wash silks but overall I believe the crepe de chine maintains its original texture better when dry cleaned 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 00:41h, 15 January Reply

      Many thanks, Juliet! For this fabric I plan to dry clean 😉

  • amanda cantarella
    Posted at 08:04h, 14 January Reply

    Great shirt , it looks fabulous. Thank you for the tutorial for taking the wedge out of the back . I am only short as well and that is so helpful, thanks.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 01:59h, 15 January Reply

      Many thanks, Amanda! Nothing like being short, huh? 😉

  • Pru Joy
    Posted at 08:21h, 14 January Reply

    Oohh, I have this pattern too but haven’t used it yet. Fascinating to see you work it out, I am also petite & usually swim in most patterns. I also have Lynda’s Craftsy class. But I must admit I find making a muslin just too tiresome. I don’t understand why you can cut the pattern as per your measurements with adjustments, correct fabric et, yet it is still not right … Mmm, better finish Lynda’s class!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 02:01h, 15 January Reply

      Please let me know once you have figured out how to make a nice fitting garment without a muslin – LOL! I have had to adjust my mindset to accepting the muslin as part of the process for sewing a new pattern 😉

  • Jane Diggens
    Posted at 10:12h, 14 January Reply

    Fabulous choice of fabric. Great length on you.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 00:41h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you so much, Jane!

  • Beryl Koster
    Posted at 10:18h, 14 January Reply

    I really appreciate the extra effort you put into showing us all your progress throughout the project…” is so helpful!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 00:42h, 15 January Reply

      Many thanks, Beryl 🙂 This sewing experience was every bit as much about the muslin as it was the silk!

  • Denise Gosselin
    Posted at 10:34h, 14 January Reply

    Very nice Sarah and two looks completely differents!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 00:42h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you so much, Denise!

  • Marysia Paling
    Posted at 11:53h, 14 January Reply

    Hi there and Happy New Year!

    Love working in silk too and as you say, the alterations you have made to this shows the top has loads of versatility. Leggings are fabulous on you too.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 00:43h, 15 January Reply

      Many thanks, Marysia 🙂 I plan to do a post on the leggings soon.

  • Laura Casey
    Posted at 11:55h, 14 January Reply

    Wow what a cute and versatile blouse….and the silk you picked is sumptuous indeed. I rarely make a muslin….do lots of measuring, refer to other pattern pieces…..use pattern drafting paper quite a bit… the #’s on the MOOD version.
    Now stay warm and cozy and let your hand rest…..but let your mind go!


    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 00:45h, 15 January Reply

      Maybe one day I’ll be able to sew without a muslin, but I’m not there yet. I almost used the lovely buttons you sent to me but decided they would disappear into the fabric and they are too pretty for that 🙂

  • Irene
    Posted at 12:22h, 14 January Reply

    Gorgeous shirt!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 00:45h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you, Irene!

  • Sarah C
    Posted at 12:25h, 14 January Reply

    Ohh! This looks so good! Great job.

    I have this pattern but have been concerned about the fit. Thank you for your review and how you fixed the fit.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 00:48h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you, Sarah and good luck with the pattern!

  • Jet Set Sewing
    Posted at 12:35h, 14 January Reply

    I love that! You’re definitely ready for Jungle January. Good going on the muslin.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 00:48h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you for the compliment and reminding me about Jungle January!

  • Debbie Wiliams
    Posted at 12:43h, 14 January Reply

    this is an inspiring post – and looks great! so many helpful tips. it makes me want to buy some luscious silk right away! We all have those pounds that pile on over the winter, and the psychological boost is welcome. Keep up the good work. You are my favorite blogger (and i subscribe to around 40).

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 00:52h, 15 January Reply

      Ah…… thank you for this nice comment, Debbie 🙂 Psychological boosts are always welcome!

  • Becry bagwell
    Posted at 13:02h, 14 January Reply

    You look amazing!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 00:53h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you, Becry! …. or is it Becky 😉

  • Becry bagwell
    Posted at 13:08h, 14 January Reply

    ? You made the pattern with hidden buttons? If so…how?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 00:53h, 15 January Reply

      I did not make hidden buttons! They are black and if you magnify the photo you will see them 🙂 🙂

  • Gail
    Posted at 13:11h, 14 January Reply

    I really love how you shared your process, Sarah. Thank you! The blouse is gorgeous and can be paired with so many things in so many ways! I realize that I really need some of that paper.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 01:06h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you, Gail! The paper is fantastic – not as transparent as I thought it would be though 🙂

  • marina villalobos
    Posted at 13:40h, 14 January Reply

    Love the blouse! It looks great on you. I, too, made this Simplicity blouse pattern but in cotton, instead of silk. I like yours better. It looks soft and luxurious. Perhaps I’ll revisit this pattern and this time I’ll do it in silk. I also like the longer back since this feature gives the blouse a modern twist. Nicely done!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 01:39h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you, Marina! For me….. I prefer loose fitting clothes in a drapey fabrics – a cotton voile or batiste is tempting too 😉

  • MaryEllen
    Posted at 14:00h, 14 January Reply

    Great job Sarah – you always have such great Info & tips – they help me take the fear out of sewing something new – Thanks

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 01:41h, 15 January Reply

      Many thanks, Mary Ellen 🙂

  • Eleanor Schreyer
    Posted at 14:04h, 14 January Reply

    You’ve shown how important making a muslin first is…now you have a pattern you can remake with confidence & save your fashion fabric… beautiful job! Think I will like that fabric from Mood too.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 01:42h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you so much, Elearnor! You’ll love this silk and the price is reasonable 😉

  • Anne Marie
    Posted at 14:05h, 14 January Reply


    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 01:42h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you, Anne Marie!

  • Anna O'Day
    Posted at 14:18h, 14 January Reply

    Love it! It looks beautiful and you look beautiful in it!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 01:43h, 15 January Reply

      What a nice comment, Anna 🙂 Thank you so much!

  • Lauren
    Posted at 14:18h, 14 January Reply

    Too long for you but may be perfect for me since I’m taller. This pattern was on my list. You did a great job altering it.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 01:44h, 15 January Reply

      Hi Lauren,
      I was thinking the front was about an inch too short— especially when I wear heels and wedges 😉

  • Marla Cooprider
    Posted at 14:30h, 14 January Reply

    I’m petite too. Only 5 feet tall! Your outfits look great! I wonder how I would look in that outfit! And you pull off the boots well! Just turned 59 but look much younger. And lost at least 10 pounds this past year and more fit than ever. Still working on it but a size 6 in RTW. Just have never worn skirts, etc. above me knees. Have “knock-knees”. Ugh. Still, I wonder if I could pull off making myself some leggings with a shirt like that! 🙂


    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 01:45h, 15 January Reply

      Congratulations on the weight loss, Marla!…… and YES, you CAN pull off leggings, a long silk shirt and boots!

  • Chris
    Posted at 14:32h, 14 January Reply

    One advantage to a longer shirt? When you do decide to tuck it in, it stays tucked! No bunching, pulling out at the back, or constant adjusting to make sure it’s still neatly tucked.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 01:46h, 15 January Reply

      I agree, Chris! I might make all of my silk shirts LONG just to be able to comfortably tuck in 🙂
      Many thanks for the comment!

  • Alethia
    Posted at 14:53h, 14 January Reply

    What a beautiful blouse, and I LOVE that fabric!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 01:47h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you, Alethia! The fabric is still available 😉

  • Tina
    Posted at 14:55h, 14 January Reply

    Lovely, Sarah. Could you tell me what fabric you used for the leggings? I am considering making a pair & want to use a fabric which will retract enough so the knees don’t bag.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 01:48h, 15 January Reply

      Hi Tina,
      I used a fabric I bought at Mood when in NYC and do not have the fabric content. The leggings are new so I’m not sure how they will hold up, however the seams at the Knees should keep them from bagging 🙂

  • Cynthia
    Posted at 15:15h, 14 January Reply

    The shirt is wonderful & the print is utterly ‘you’! I love the drape of the silk. Thanks you for sharing your construction methods AND how you learned them. I will investigate that Craftsy class. Thank you!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 02:12h, 15 January Reply

      Thanks so much, Cynthia! I credit Craftsy classes with improving my skills for sure 😉

  • Tia Dia
    Posted at 15:16h, 14 January Reply

    Wow. This is really nice. I heartily agree with you about the loveliness of silk, and your black/white print is perfect in this shirt, tucked in or left out. And thanks for posting all your alterations. Love seeing how sewistas make their garments fit perfectly!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 02:02h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you, Tia Dia! It really takes some doing to make a pattern fit correctly sometimes 😉

  • Marilyn Metz
    Posted at 15:23h, 14 January Reply


    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 02:03h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you, Marilyn!

  • Joan
    Posted at 15:27h, 14 January Reply

    Fits beautifully, Sara. Thanks for a terrific overview of your fitting process. I hope you can use that pattern multiple times & ways now that it fits so nicely!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 02:09h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you so much, Joan! I hope to make it again too 🙂

  • Kathi Sorensen
    Posted at 15:50h, 14 January Reply

    Gorgeous! Great job refitting the pattern. I don’t think my skills (and patience) are up to it.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 02:10h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you, Kathi! It’s definitely a matter of patience over skills 😉

  • Katie Link
    Posted at 16:16h, 14 January Reply

    I love your new blouse and really appreciate your precision. I have a question about the wedge that you removed from the back and then getting the pattern back on grain. I see where the pattern has become off grain at the bottom. How did it get it back on grain. Did you redraw the side seams after sliding the bottom part of the pattern to on grain at center front? Or, did you redraw the center front to on grain and leave the side seam where it is? The last option seems incorrect to me because it would add a lot of width to the garment at the bottom.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:32h, 14 January Reply

      Thank you for your comment. I hesitate to give advice sometimes because I am not an expert. In the Craftsy class, Lynda demonstrates how to get the pattern piece back on grain. I decided the easiest thing to do was do draw a new pattern piece (on grain) based on my adjustments. After I redrew the piece I compared the width to the original to check for sizing. I recommend either taking her class or looking online for this type of adjustment to make sure it will work for you 🙂

  • Karen Helm
    Posted at 16:44h, 14 January Reply

    What great shirt for Jungle January! This post is a real lesson in the value of a fitting muslin. It looks wonderful on you!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 01:50h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you Karen! I didn’t make too many muslins until I returned to sewing a few years ago. Now, I can’t sew without one 😉

  • Maris Olsen
    Posted at 16:51h, 14 January Reply

    LOVE your shirt, Sara! Silk + animal print = killer. You will definitely get loads of wear from this garment.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 01:50h, 15 January Reply

      Many thanks, Maris! I too, believe I’ll be wearing this one a lot 🙂

  • Gayle
    Posted at 18:28h, 14 January Reply

    Thank you for sharing your muslin alterations with us. A picture is worth a thousand words. Great job as usual!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 01:51h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you, Gayle! The muslin pictures aren’t too flattering but as you said…. they tell the story 🙂

  • Helen McCleneghen
    Posted at 20:00h, 14 January Reply

    What did you make the Marcy Tilton leggings out of?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:12h, 14 January Reply

      I plan to do a post on the leggings soon. They were made from the fabric I incorporated into the Scuba Knit dress. Here is the post. I bought the fabric at the Mood store and don’t have the content, but it is a two-way stretch. Hope this helps 🙂

  • Laurel Wilson
    Posted at 20:34h, 14 January Reply

    I wish my bulk looks as good on me as it does on you–what bulk!! Gorgeous shirt, beautiful fit.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 01:52h, 15 January Reply

      LOL! I’m in need of some slack after eating my way through the holidays 🙂 Thanks for the comment, Laurel!

  • Maggie edger
    Posted at 22:28h, 14 January Reply

    I sure could use that lovely top with all the black and white I wear. Very pretty. A Maggie

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 01:53h, 15 January Reply

      This top would look beautiful on you, Maggie 🙂

  • Toni
    Posted at 22:48h, 14 January Reply

    Animal-print silk? Now, *that’s* a recipe for a pick-me-up! Gorgeous!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 01:53h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you, Toni!

  • Linda L
    Posted at 23:12h, 14 January Reply

    I like this shirt! I love Lynda Maynard’s class, it was most helpful in making fitting adjustments. Just when I think I know enough someone like her gives me other alternatives.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 01:54h, 15 January Reply

      Hi Linda! I too learned things I didn’t know I needed to know in Lynda’s class 😉 Many thanks for the comment 🙂

  • Nana
    Posted at 23:16h, 14 January Reply

    Excellent fabric and pattern match. Love the details you include on fitting. Thanks for the link to the paper….will be looking at that too.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 01:55h, 15 January Reply

      Thanks, Nana! I love the paper – it is not as transparent as I expected it to be FYI 😉

  • Mary Lynn
    Posted at 23:34h, 14 January Reply

    That fabric is wonderful – it goes with everything! I loved reading how you made all of the adjustments to make
    this shirt fit so nicely and be more versatile. I have to go back and finish linda Maynard’s fitting video. Welcome
    back 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 01:56h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you, Mary Lynn! I think almost all clothes are worth making as versatile as possible 😉

  • Sharon
    Posted at 23:47h, 14 January Reply

    Gorgeous oversized (fitted) shirt, it certainly sounds luxurious and looks very adaptable.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 01:56h, 15 January Reply

      LOL! In many ways it is Oversized and Fitted 🙂 Thanks for the comment, Sharon.

  • Alice Elliot
    Posted at 01:06h, 15 January Reply

    Lovely blouse! It almost looks in the muslin like you could go down a couple sizes in the pattern. But maybe then the shoulders wouldn’t fit and I find that to be a next to impossible pattern adjustment.

    I do the same back adjustment, taking a wedge out of the back at the waist. I learned it by making a duct tape dress form and finally being able to fit my own back!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 01:58h, 15 January Reply

      Hi Alice and thanks for the comment. Based on the pattern I think I got the fit just right but it wasn’t easy 😉 The back adjustment is a lifesaver for sure!

  • Tomasa Jimenez
    Posted at 02:03h, 15 January Reply

    I love animal print and a black and white animal print is just the absolute best. Your blouse is beautiful and you look great. Whatever your holiday indulgences were certainly have not manifested. You look gorgeous!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:19h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you for your nice and encouraging comment, Tomasa! If an oversized animal print garment can’t hide an inch around the waist then I don’t know what can 😉

  • Myra Rentmeester
    Posted at 02:33h, 15 January Reply

    Lovely blouse Sarah! Love the animal print and can you believe I’ve never worked with “Silk” crepe de chine?? I think you’ve created a goal in 2015 for me!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:20h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you for the comment! I think you’ll find the fabric not too difficult to work with. Cut carefully and baste, baste, baste!

  • Irma R.
    Posted at 05:49h, 15 January Reply

    I like the blouse and you look great. And – you are not the only one who has to hide the holiday indulgences. 😉

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:21h, 15 January Reply

      Glad to know I’m not alone! Many thanks, Irma 🙂

  • Linda
    Posted at 05:55h, 15 January Reply

    Nice work on the shirt! I saw the same paper on a Janet Pray course. I am going to have to look into getting some for myself!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:22h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you, Linda! I’m finding the paper very handy 🙂

  • Cindy Aymes
    Posted at 13:01h, 15 January Reply

    Ah, us petite girls! I always make a muslin but without a fitting buddy it’s very difficult and time consuming! And not always successful. But the results you get keeps making me want to try harder! Thanks for the inspiration. And lovely blouse!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 14:14h, 15 January Reply

      Cindy, I rarely use a fittng buddy and have learned to fit myself accordingly. It is time consuming and affects my pattern purchases, but very much worth the time and trouble. : Many thanks for your comment!

  • Jean W
    Posted at 13:42h, 15 January Reply

    Sarah – the pattern paper you mentioned – is it like medical paper or more like interfacing so you can use it for fitting:? Why do you prefer to use this kind?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 14:10h, 15 January Reply

      The paper is more like medical paper. I’m inexperienced when it comes to buying pattern paper and this is the only true pattern paper I have used. The paper is not as transparent as I imagined it to be, but for my purposes it works very well. The markings on the paper serve a excellent guides. and I wish I had discovered the paper earlier 🙂

      • Cindy Aymes
        Posted at 14:27h, 15 January Reply

        I’m sorry, I don’t usually horn in on other’s conversations. But I was in a class this past week and when I wanted to trace out my pattern before cutting, the teacher had me use a pinpoint tracing wheel which leaves perforations in the paper. It was very thick paper and you couldn’t see through it, so I couldn’t trace it as I normally would have done with my medical paper. Anyway, the pinpoint tracing wheel is very sharp. She put a thick piece of fleece under the paper before I traced it. It was very simple to transfer all of the lines and markings and cut it out, but I would have marred the countertop had I done it without the fleece. It was a neat way of getting much more stable pattern pieces! Just thought I’d let you know about it, if you didn’t.

      • Jean W
        Posted at 17:52h, 16 January Reply

        thanks Sarah! I have just been using medical paper.

  • monica
    Posted at 14:37h, 15 January Reply

    Stunning! Love your style. I am also a petite size 5’1″ and just turned 50. Love reading your blog and have copied several of your ideas. Please keep them coming!

  • Sharon
    Posted at 21:05h, 15 January Reply

    Great job. And it’s so true, when in a funk why not put on something nice to pick you up! I love the fabric and how it makes even a casual outfit look special.

  • Lynn Marsh
    Posted at 22:42h, 15 January Reply

    I have this patternbut never used it. Thanks for the tutorial on the back wedge. I’m short too so this will be very helpful. I really like your posts always interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  • Roses of Paris
    Posted at 00:47h, 16 January Reply

    Love it, Sarah! Looks just like an Equipment Paris piece. As far as I’m concerned, animal print is a neutral so I’m sure you will get lots of wear out of this quality basic. Really well done x

  • Sarah Wilson
    Posted at 08:51h, 16 January Reply

    Shirts are a great wardrobe standby and in this animal print you will get lots of use from it all year round. It looks fab on you.

  • poppykettle
    Posted at 09:22h, 16 January Reply

    This is a really beautiful shirt! So classic and effortlessly elegant, tucked in or not 😉 I adore sewing with and wearing silk crepe de chine, divine stuff.

  • Ebi P.
    Posted at 20:19h, 17 January Reply

    Great top! Very Jungle January. 🙂

  • Venora Smith
    Posted at 09:38h, 28 January Reply

    Hello Valentino,
    Have you got a dress makers model adjust you clothes on?
    What kind of machine do you have and do you have a cover stitch machine,
    Which I’m hoping to buy. Your shirt looks wonderful.
    I love watching ‘ the great British sewing bee’ on foxtel.!
    But your posts are great !
    Cheers from Australia

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