Sunday, April 17, 2011

New shirt project and short waist adjustment

I have finally begun a new project! I have had this in my stash for quite some time now.

I'm talking about Simplicity 2599, view D I have read great reviews on Pattern Review and seen some beautiful versions with satin and sheer materials. I thought before I go all out I would make a full mock up out of some pretty light pink shirting I got from for $1.98. I've decided I am not a muslin girl. I'd rather make something that I might possibly be able to wear or I feel like I'm just spinning my wheels.

The last few times I have made clothing I have had it come out a tad big. I did my measurements and sure enough I am shrinking. I've never mentioned but I have been doing Weight Watchers and have lost about 9 pounds which translated to an inch in the bust and an inch in the waist gone. Hooray! So this project I will be making a size 20.

Despite my weight loss success, my waist line has not miraculously moved south and created a perfect hour glass shape, so I started with a paper pattern try-on and found of course I need a waist adjustment.

 I drew on where my natural waistline is and as you can see it is about 1.5 inches above the waistline on the pattern. I folded the waistline mark to meet my mark and taped it all together.

 This made for a slight disconnect in the pattern lines, so I got out the handy-dandy French Curve and redrew my side cut marks.
No much of a difference, but I am glad I drew the line just to be sure. So remember, I took 1.5 inches out of the middle. I don't have the desire to bare my midriff, so I tacked on 1.5 inches on the bottom.
 I used Swedish tracing paper as the pattern extender and measured out 1.5 inches and connected the dashes.

So the shirt is cut out and just waiting for some attention. I hope to get it finished this week.

I also bought this pattern, Vogue 1241 on the suggestion and a sewing project form a friend.

We have sewn a dress together in the past and it is always fun, and convenient to have an extra set of hands and opinion around when doing a project. We were both refugees of the horrible closing of Sew Crafty, but continue to learn to sew on our own. The picture is a bit hard to tell how cute it is, but the line drawing is nice. I think it may make a nice Little Black Dress project for me. Be watching for it in the future.


  1. I can't wait to see your shirt and dress. I have been eyeing that Vogue pattern so it will be nice to see it made up. :]

  2. Ooo, I made that version of the shirt, and it's lovely (and goes together very nicely, if I remember correctly). A warning, though. If you use the front facing, the top ruffle has a tendency to flip upwards. I tacked it down, but it makes for some difficult ironing (and my washer cotton needs ironing, especially the ruffles). When I make this pattern again (and I will!), I'll probably use bias tape to finish the neckline.

    Congrats on the weight loss! :D This line made me laugh:
    Despite my weight loss success, my waist line has not miraculously moved south and created a perfect hour glass shape

  3. Thanks for the bias tape tip. I will definitely incorporate that...I generally don't care for facings anyway!

    I'm excited about the Vogue pattern as well. I don't think it is something I would attempt without encouragement as I think it will take some adjusting to fit well on me. Updates soon!

  4. Both of those projects are so cute, can't wait to see how they turn out! I especially love patterns like the blouse, that have 6 different versions. Those are the best!