I also don’t think I’m the first to make this fabric/pattern combination. The fabric is this Robert Kaufman chambray fabric that I bought from Grey’s during the Pattern Review Boston meet-up. It really is incredibly soft and comfortable. However, my one big gripe is that since it is loosely woven it catches on things really easily during everyday wear and threads can be pulled and broken. Other than that, it’s great!
So yes, this shirt is pretty bland but it fits well into my everyday lab wardrobe. You can barely see it but I did include the two front pockets on this version. I had lengthened the pattern 3 inches for my plaid flannel version and wanted to use that length for this top. But I made a stupid mistake in both versions: I lengthened the pattern at the designated lengthen/shorten lines near the waist without grading out at the bottom for my hips. Even though I don’t have particularly wide hips, it’s definitely not big enough and rides up, pooling above my bum as seen below.
I’m angry with myself for not addressing this issue before starting because I spent a lot of time cutting out each piece singly to make sure they were on grain. I might end up shortening the top, we’ll see how much I end up wearing it.
AND I finally bought some nice interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply. Wow this stuff is nice! I had my doubts before I used it…could this interfacing really be so much better? Yes, yes it can. I used ProSHEER Elegance Medium.
And I reminded myself why you should always use a press cloth when applying fusible interfacing…because in the off-chance you put the sticky side up it doesn’t stick to your iron plate!! I made this mistake one other time without a press cloth, that wasn’t a happy day.
But my favorite part of this shirt is the snaps! I bought these Size 18 pearl snaps from Snap Source last year and finally found the right project to use them on. Though I have never tried other snaps, these went on very easily and seem very stable and snap tightly. Dan wasn’t so happy with my pounding which resonating through the house!
My favorite thing about snaps is not having to sew on buttons or buttonholes! I’m looking for more snap applications!
I’ll probably end up wearing the sleeves rolled up most of the time.
I’ll be entering this top in the Natural Fibers contest on Pattern Review. I didn’t plan it to work out this way, but it fits all the qualifications!