I had shirts on the brain for a while, and I thought to try out the Granville from Sewaholic. Lately I am of the opinion that one really needs two shirt patterns to fall back on: one that is well fitted for use with sturdier and crisper fabrics, as well as a looser fitting pattern for softer fabrics. (That’s my thinking to-day. Tomorrow I might be of a totally different opinion.) The Granville definitely falls into the “well fitted” category.
The pattern had been lying around here for some time, and in January I finally decided to start a muslin (in muslin, of course).
|Japanese print front|
A new shipment of fabric at Joyce’s brought a Japanese calligraphy print. Don’t know why, but I just had to have it. For a shirt.So much easier to turn a perfect point when it’s a 45° angle! And I didn’t add the sewn-on front band. I widened the sleeve at the bottom, which added a few pleats so that it would fit into the cuff. I just happen to like my shirt sleeves a tad wider than what the pattern gives me.
I added some coordinating black print to take
this out of the boring zone.
|Japanese print back|
|polka dot front|
Finally I decided to use a white with black dot mystery fabric, more for the sake of finally using up the fabric, than actually needing yet another shirt.Sad, I know. You’d think that something like that shouldn’t stop production and waste time. But sometimes you just have to reassure yourself that you’re heading in the right direction. (By the way – there are so many variations of where to place piping and where not to place piping, it’s rather mind boggling.)
This one got front
bands on both front pieces. And heaven
forbid that this one should be plain and boring, hence the black piping.
|polka dot back|
After 4 shirts in under 3 months (I finished the 4th in March, I believe), I’m quite over shirts with collar bands for the time being. I’m still not 100% happy with my tweaks. The cuffs are a bit large for my wrists. I was focusing on other issues, and quite overlooked that fact until I actually started wearing the shirts. Something to deal with the next time I use this pattern.