I first made the Granville Shirt from Sewaholic a few weeks ago and I knew with a few tweaks it would make a very versatile staple in my wardrobe. So I present you a flannel, plaid, easy wearing Granville and a crepe, forest green, work wear Granville.
For both these versions I cut a size 10 for bust and waist, grading down to an 8 for the hips plus adding a one inch full bust adjustment, and shortening the arms by a good inch and a half. Viola! My new favorite, amazingly well fitting shirt! It’s worth noting that on both I didn’t follow the instructions for how to do the collar as I prefer to assemble the collar, then attach it to the shirt. And I finished the insdes with French Seams.
For the plaid version I cut the cuffs and the back yoke on the bias and went without the pockets. Years ago I made myself a button down shirt out of the exact same fabric, but it hasn’t fit for a long time and because it’s guts were a mess, I cut it up to make scraps and have reused the buttons on the Granville! It’s a top I wore all the time and I just love it with a pair of Ginger Jeans. I talk a lot about plaid matching over on my blog if you’re interested, but essentially the Sewaholic tutorial on cutting the pattern in plaid was a life saver.
For the forest green version, I really debated the pockets (I had initially planned to add two), but in the end I feared it wouldn’t hang nicely on the fabric. I love the buttons on this top, which I got from Raystich, as I think they add a little something distinctive. But let me tell you, this fabric was not fun to work with – it resisted scissors, pins and my iron! I think this is going to become my go-to shirt for meetings and work events as I feel great in it, and think it looks pretty smart. There’s a whole heap more photos on my blog if you’re interested.