So, I finished my second garment of Fabric Mart Fashion Challenge 2! So excited to make it on to round 2! This week was about making a well-fitting garment.
I made Butterick 5678, which I believe recently went out of print.
It looks pretty good from the front
Not too bad from the side
But the back is not super stellar
It’s not my proudest moment in fitting, but it’s passable. Whether real or perceived, this is what I get for going outside of my comfortable little design box that’s full of knits and dresses. I think that the challenge of making, and properly fitting, a button down shirt (or, boobie shirt, as my friend Nikki decreed on Facebook) was maybe a bit too much challenge for a 4 day turnaround. I haven’t sewn one of these puppies up in at least a decade, so I’m not very used to the fitting issues involved.
I’ve also had a weird tooth pain for 11 days now that has kept me from sewing and past day 4 ibuprofen hasn’t been helping. Mouth pain is the worst (and this has blossomed from tooth pain into jaw stiffness and pain. I have bruxism but I haven’t felt anything quite like this before) and when you’re in pain it’s tiring and you don’t feel like doing anything. I saw the dentist last week and they couldn’t find a thing (UGH!!!). I’m headed to the endodontist this morning; wish me luck.
I didn’t get my first muslin done until Saturday and then spent almost all day Sunday and then all night Monday finishing this (after we were alerted during the day on Monday that the deadline had changed from “Tuesday” to “4:00 pm EST Tuesday.” I went to bed Monday night at 12:30 and now, two days later, I still feel exhausted. <—whiner
I’m not sure how I’ll do on this round, I know I won’t be winning this segment, but it would really like to go on to the next round. I can fit garments fairly well; when I finish them in enough time to re-evaluate the fit. There was just no way for me to fix what happened on the back of this shirt between the mock up and the final version…I simply ran out of time. I am happy that there is no gaping in the front, though. In that respect, it really is an excellent boobie shirt!
Hey, at least I’m OK at top stitching.
Here’s the statement I sent to Julie at Fabric Mart about my shirt:
When we first heard about this challenge, I wasn’t sure what I should make. I went back and forth between a dress and a button down shirt, but decided on the latter because it’s nearly impossible to find a ready to wear woven shirt that fits my bust. Plus, making one of these has been on my “to do” list for a while now, so I decided to finally take the plunge, and take a risk by making a type of garment I haven’t sewn in about a decade. Really any dress would have been a much safer pick for me.
I chose to use Butterick 5678. It’s one of those ABCD pick-your-own-cup-size sort of patterns. I measure into a 12-14 in patterns, but based on the measurements on the pattern tissue, I decided to go with a 10 (D cup).
I used a plain old woven for my muslin and made my final version in a stretch woven that I picked up at SR Harris in the Twin Cities. It was labeled as cotton, but it is most definitely a cotton/synthetic blend (plus the lycra). It was not probably the best choice for this pattern with all of this top stitching, as it has a slight sheen and shows every stitch, but I’m happy with the flexibility it offers.
Fitting-wise, I ended up flattening out the top of the cup a bit, adding a small broad back adjustment to the shoulder area, shortening the whole thing above the waist by 1/2″ and adding a 1/2″ swayback adjustment. In the end product, the back is a bit loose, especially compared to how well the front fits. The sleeves seem long, but really need to be to account for the bending of the elbows; they are actually the perfect length as I type this.
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