There’s something about January that has me thinking of what to make for the summer, although we’re still 5 months (at least) off being able to wear anything! I had the opportunity to test the Morningside Shirt pattern by French Navy last year. I made a small size for Daughter No1 in a soft black linen and she loved it. I had always intended to make one for myself, I just needed to fit it into the list!
Eventually in January I managed to trace the XXL, which is where my measurements put me. However, this did mean a finished measurement of 133cm! That’s a good 26cm extra and 13cm more than I usually go for. I toiled it in some white cotton poplin from the leftovers stash. Halfway though cutting I thought if it worked, I could just wear it as is. But there wasn’t enough of the poplin to cut all the pieces. Typical! So I found a floral “burnout” cotton voile in the stash and cut the collar, sleeve cuffs and outer yoke.
I probably ought to mention which version I am making! Not being a ruffle fan, I chose the Style A with the back pleat. It all went together really well, the instructions are clear. I left certain bits out, figuring I could go back and add them later, ie buttonholes etc. On putting the toile on, I realised I really could do with going down a size, and making the pattern in a fabric that has less body than the poplin. I also needed to add length across the bust, about 2cm would probably be enough. I certainly didn’t need any width. So, next time I’ll make the XL and add the length to the front.
Unfortunately, I won’t get to wear this shirt. Why? Because Daughter No2 stole it! She saw it on Peggy the dressmaker’s dummy when she came home after New Year and tried it on. She loves it all big and oversized! She honestly nicked it, it’s gone back to uni with her. I offered to add the buttons and buttonholes, but that was declined, she likes it just as it is. But maybe with something underneath so bra etc doesn’t show. How about a cami? An Ogden cami?
I had enough of the floral voile to cut a size 4 in the Cami, even though her measurements put her in the 2. I’d made the size 0 for Daughter No1 last year and found it came up a little small, uncomfortably tight on the upper/high bust area. So I played it safe and went up a size for Daughter No2. Which, as it turned out, was the right decision! It was also the right decision to use the rest of that voile, the two work perfectly together.
The Ogden Cami is quick and easy to make, I just find it odd that the facings are so big/deep. Daughter No2 has ordered another in black silk, but without the facings and wide straps. So I guess that means I have to make bias strips with that slippery fabric. Nice… I also cut out a version in some leftover Liberty lawn. I’d used the fabric for a top for my Mum about 3 years ago, and there was enough to cut an Ogden, carefully! So that will be 3 camis in her wardrobe, in time for the coldest part of the winter so far. Timing! 😛