Can you see why I am crazy about this pattern, Vogue 2522, ca 1990? There is not a close fitting seam on this shirt, well, maybe the cuffs. It is soooo comfortable and still has some style. It's hard to have total comfort in a garment and not look like a sack of potatoes. This is the blouse you throw on with jeans to run to Home Depot. It's the blouse you can pop on with crispy white linen pants and a belt and go for dinner on a hot summer's night. Its the blouse you can sit in at your sewing machine all day and still look decent when the doorbell rings. I think you are getting my drift. This is my fourth version and it won't be the last. It just makes me feel that good. I hope you can all see what I see in this pattern. Etsy sure does! Here's a few details that show youwhy it is not just another big shirt.
The sleeves have a very unique cut. If you do decide to buy this pattern for the 100.00 they are asking for it on Etsy, know that the sleeves need close attention. First, they are very short. I lengthened mine an inch and a half and I am quite petite. Next, they are cut so one edge is true bias at the cuff area. I interfaced the placket area with fusible. The completed cuff edge of the sleeve is very narrow as well. For the sleeves I piped the top edge of the cuff with my "third" fabric. I also did the tiny zigzag topstitching and a big arrow. The point of the arrow lines up with the center of the placket. Just looked that way better to me. I did the same sticky label trick to stitch out the triangle on the placket.
The point at the end of the neckline is the trickiest part of the entire construction. You have to squeeze in the seam allowance into that tiny folded point. It took a lot of fiddlin' and diddlin' but I got it done. After the recent "label" discussion and because the color was perfect I stitched my label on the outside, ballsy, heh?
The pattern is Vogue 2522, Issey Miyake designer Original from 1990. I highly recommend if you can find one.
The dark stripe fabric is 100% cotton seersucker. What's more comfortable in the heat? The collar and cuffs are a "M'liss" quilting cotton, really nice quality. The piping is some yummy shirting from Ima. The entire garment is 100% cotton.
Skill level is intermediate, IMO. It really goes together quite quickly. It is a simple shirt, no big fit issues, and just enough challenges to make you feel satisfied.
Alterations I made were way less than usual. I cut a size 6. I lengthened the sleeves that inch and a half. I shortened the shirt on the Vogue shortening lines by a half inch. I DID NOT do any FBA or petite adjustments. I did bring the shoulders in a half inch with a pivot and slide technique. This has lots of ease and that is part of its charm.
Now it is on to Sophie's dress. I have her measurements and will cut tonight, I hope. Now for a celebratory glass of wine. Care to join me?.....Bunny