Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Shirt That Was a Tent

Finally an actual sewing post! I've been sewing birthday gifts and pajamas and some now-lost felt toys, none of which makes a good post.

I didn't take a photo of the tent-structure I had at first, but after chopping off the length and removing four inches at the side seams, I have a normal sized top.

I like all the details which are, of course, what drew me to the pattern: the subtle (read: not huge) sailor collar, the little tab covering the v, and the notched, turn up cuffs in 3/4 length sleeves. I curved the hem while I was chopping off the length.
The shirt is still a little more billowy than I'd usually wear, but if I wanted it slim-fitting I'd really need to overhaul the pattern and change the sleeves and armscyes and possibly add darts. Darts and sailor collar tops don't seem to go together, though. I like it fine enough as is. It's comfortable and will be cool in 3/4 sleeve weather.

I love the names of these Japanese books. The seller translated the book's title as "Easy and Good Looking Clothes".


The photo in the book really appealed to me but, suspecting it would be fairly wide and loose, I added ties in the side seams right away. However, I didn't foresee that pulling the sides back with ties would move the side seam pockets into the back!

I originally planned to use an interlock knit, but decided on linen. Maybe the knit would have done better than the linen as a dress?

The construction was fairly easy except for the collar, of course. The collar and the cuffs are given extra illustrated instructions, which is nice, but I found it fidgety doing the collar their way which was new to me instead of relying on my familiar method. One good thing is that I learned a new technique: the notched turn-up cuff!

And lastly...it was a little risky, but since my shoulder alterations include adding to the shoulder seam at the neck, I had to alter the whole giant collar which distorted the paper pattern a bit. The collar seems to lay just fine, though. However, I'm still getting some drag lines from neck to shoulder and may need to add more to that adjustment.

Verdict: I really like the end result. I feel a little sad about wasting the linen I chopped off, but it'll appear in another garment someday.

Sources:
Easy and Good Looking Clothes by Machiko Kayaki (ISBN 4579113500): Sailor Collar Dress pattern Q
Linen (possibly a blend) from Mill End Textiles

15 comments:

  1. I like the collar detail...I am a sucker for a sailor collar.

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    1. Me too! Good thing I can sew things I want which are not currently worn by the, um, general public.

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  2. I love it, very cute. The light blue is perfect.

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    1. Thanks. I was a little unsure about the color, thinking pale on pale isn't the best, hehe.

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  3. I get the detailing. This is a great colour on you.

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    1. The longer I sew, the more I appreciate the details.

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  4. I think this is great and there must be many more versions in the pipeline.I just love Japanese books and their wonderful titles!My daughter is trying to get to Japan in March and if it all comes off you can get guess what I will be getting her to look out for!

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    1. Yes, I can imagine! And I imagine you can get them for a better price there, too.

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  5. Joy, it's lovely - so light and airy & I love the sailor collar-ness of it. The fabric emphasises the simplicity of the style- which is something the Japanese pattern books do so well. Lovely!

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    1. Thank you, Scruffy. I agree - the simplicity of the Japanese styles is very appealing.

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  6. What a cool blouse! I like a sailor collar, but they often read too girlish. This one totally works, partly because of your excellent color choice and partly because of scale. I think this will grow on you in warmer weather.

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    1. Thanks, Trena. I think in this decade of life, "girlish" is out for me (:

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  7. The details are great on this top! I can't even begin to imagine what it looked like before you took the side seams in...I bet you could have fit your entire family in it.:) The curved hem is really nice too.

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    1. When I first made it and was trying to decide whether/how to alter it, my 11yo appeared and said, "I like it! It looks like a nightgown!" That was the honest opinion I needed to know!

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  8. This is cute, good fabric choice I think :O)

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