Take Two and Three {My quest for the perfect button up shirt}

So this guy, right? Pretty close to perfect. But could I leave it alone? No.

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My only bother was the collar felt too big – both in size and circumference. So what does this dickhead do? Retraced the neckline so it’s smaller but higher. If I’d stopped to think about that for more than a second, I’d realise that it was a rookie error and would make the whole shebang move further up my neck. I did cut down the collar and stand a smidge at the same time.

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Upon realising my mistake, I unpicked the collar and stand, recut the neckline so it was lower once again and made another collar. Which gave me this baby. Aw yes, better. Now to try on…

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WTF HAPPENED WITH THOSE BUST DARTS? Is this sorcery? Did I trace them with my eyes closed? Possibly. I don’t even know, man. Also that collar in sitting weirdly to the left. Now I have beautiful vintage Lion King fabric in a poorly fitting shirt.

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Ah well. Still a better fit than RTW. Will still wear.

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Last week, I ordered some beautiful Liberty lawn. So stunning. So spenno. Another tester was in order to get this shiz right before I cut into all those $$$$. This flamingo voile from Spotlight is the perfect test fabric really. Lovely and light but also reasonably priced. This time I took about a centimetre off the centre front all the way down, making that neck circumference a bit smaller and taking out some of the excess in the front. Good. I added some to the side seams to compensate and moved those bust darts in a bit. Good. New, smaller collar remained the same. Good.

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I think this is it. I mean, the collar still feels a bit big around my neck, but I don’t really like the feeling of being choked either. So this is the one. Promise I won’t touch it again.

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Wearing this to work today like a professional. Will be back with my fancy Liberty shirt later in the week.

5 thoughts on “Take Two and Three {My quest for the perfect button up shirt}

  1. Shirts are fitting challenges but you took on the world! Love your flamingos on black – it’s gorgeous. I think that’s one of the most beautiful things about making your own shirts – the fabric! I’m in the mood to get some sleeveless blouses made for summer (I’m in Canada so I’m seriously getting a jump on this πŸ™‚ ) my first one was a total fiasco (B5891) for too many reasons to list. Now I’m making the simplest pattern imaginable so I’m not too convinced it will work out either – one extreme to the next.

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  2. I love all your shirts, the fabric, shaping, hemline, etc… The smaller collar does look more feminine and in my opinion suits you better. I can’t wait to see your Liberty shirt!

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  3. Love the shirts. Lady you are a spotlight enabler! I see your awesome makes and then cant stop thinking about the fabric πŸ™‚ i must remind myself i can not have ALL the pretty fabric.

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