I always like to have a few cotton shirtings laying around in my stash so I can whip up a shirt when the occasion arises. This particular fabric, a stretch cotton poplin from The Remnant Warehouse, has been in my fabric chest since December 2016! So it was about time I sewed it up.
The pattern I used is a trusty old faithful: Burda Silk Blouse 04/2011 #105.
I’ve made this silk blouse pattern before a few times, but have recently started to wonder if my numerous adjustments for a broad back would be unnecessary if I simply sized up from a 40 to a 42. Sometimes you don’t want to be proven right, and I was – meaning I could have saved a lot of time and effort in the past trying to get a size 40 bodice to fit my rugby player shoulders! The size 42 doesn’t quite correlate to my measurements, but sometimes sewing is more art than science, I find.
I had intended to make this shirt up without major style adjustments, but when the time came to attach the cuffs, they looked ridiculous. They were very long and hung down over my hands, with the split creating a kind of Fantastico the Creepy Magician vibe. Of course, this was completely obvious in the pattern photo, but I must have been distracted by this lady cleaning her (tropical?) pool** in a silk blouse to notice.
So I created a lot of work for myself and shortened the sleeves, before inserting a tower placket (IN THE ROUND) and a narrower cuff. This was way too much trouble for what it was worth, and in retrospect, I could have put a smaller, seamed cuff on as per Sewing in Athens and called it a day. Her solution is more sympathetic to the style, too.
I enjoyed sewing this shirt, and always need more white shirts in my wardrobe. Plus I used up some fabric which had been in the back of my mind for far too long! (For practical fabric at least. The precious unique fabrics we hoard have an indefinite shelf life in my opinion!)
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|Stash Smash Project Points|
|Meters Used||2m||10 points|
|Stash Time||11 months||10 points|
|Preciousness: I really like this fabric so I’ll use a pattern I trust||20 points|