The Shirt that Shouldn’t
CHALLENGE: WARDROBE STAPLE: SHIRT
Fabric: A very pretty, yet loosely woven fabric.
Pattern: Vogue 8747
Notions: 6 pearl buttons, thread, interfacing
Time to complete: 6-7 hours
First worn: November 12, for photoshoot
Wear again? Yes, but very carefully
Total price: Nothing new, just thrifted fabric and notions, so cost was minimal.
If you google this pattern and look at images, you’ll see quite a few photos of ladies who have made up this shirt very attractively. I really like the pattern, but my fabric was too thin and too busy to show-off the the sculptured seams and details. I noticed that four of the views on the pattern illustrate the shirt in solid colors. Something to keep in mind when choosing fabric. I love the fabric I chose, the colors and flowers are so pretty, and initially I thought that the thin delicate fabric would drape well. It looks OK in the photos, but truthfully if I do wear it, I’ll have a backup shirt in my purse.
To begin, I confidently cut out a size 14, B cup, 3 pieces for the back, 4 pieces for the front, sleeves, cuffs, front band, collar band, and collar. Happily I sewed seams and serged all the sections of the back and front and then tried it on. It was too small! So I had to let out the sides and let out the seams of the side back panels all the way to the serged edge. Then it fit fine. I had no problems after that. Until……
I was putting it on and my elbow went right through that back panel seam. What the F???? I ran to my serger and repaired it. Then I put it on carefully and while I bent forward to check my makeup, the other back side panel busted open. Again, I ran to the serger and mended it. This time I reinforced both seams with stay tape. I hope it holds up for a while.
I think I’ve learned a thing or too about loosely woven delicate fabric. Avoid it even if it is pretty! It’s probably meant for curtains or something, not clothing. I guess I could have underlined the whole thing. That would be twice as much cutting and there are a lot of pieces to this little shirt. It seems like it took forever to put it together as it was.
I was wondering if I could really say that this is a wardrobe staple, since it’s not very stable and might only be worn on the rarest occasion, an occasion that doesn’t involve a lot of movement. And another thing I wondered about and did some research on, was the difference between a shirt and a blouse. There were a lot of opinions about the subject, and it was very controversial. I’m going with the fact that shirts button down the front, and have a collar. My shirt has both. I could also say it’s a blouse because it is a synthetic fabric, lightweight, flowery, and feminine. What is your definition of a shirt as opposed to a blouse?