Hello everyone! Today I would like to share some of my progress on my Wardrobe Architect project. Mrs. Singer is standing in for me today as I'm still in my pajamas and I don't feel like being photographed. She does list to one side slightly, so please excuse her if things look slightly lopsided. I've had her for almost 10 years and I am reluctant to change her out for a new model.
Sewing can be pure magic and making this shirt was one of those times. It's the Merchant & Mills Dress Shirt and it went together beautifully. The drafting behind this pattern is clearly meticulous. I have always admired their aesthetic and I'm really happy that I can now find their patterns locally at Needlework.
I made quite a few modifications to the original pattern. Firstly, I sewed a size 12, which is one size smaller than my measurements, as I have read that Merchant & Mills patterns have a lot of ease. That was absolutely the right decision as it fits me beautifully across the shoulders and bust and gently flares (not sack-like at all) to my mid-thigh.
Secondly, I shortened it by 9" overall as I wanted a mid-thigh length tunic and the original length is mid-calf. I took equal sized wedges out of both the front and back pieces to get the length I was after. I kept the bib as drafted as I liked the slightly longer length and vaguely tuxedo-esque feeling.
I chose to sew bracelet length sleeves and changed the pleat at the bib to an inverted one as I think it looks neater. I really like the soft gathers at the yoke and I finished the neckline in bias binding rather than to self-line the bib and yoke. It's a simple finish I prefer and I was able to make this shirt out of 1.5 m of 60" wide brushed cotton. I also used the Perri Pullover pocket piece to add inseam pockets.
My local fabric store had several prints available at an unbeatable price of $4/m and I bought every one that appealed to me. I love the vintage-style calico feel and the softness of the fabric. Once washed, it softens up to an almost flannel-like texture and is heavenly to wear.
Working through the Wardrobe Architect revealed that I do like softly tailored shirts are the way to go for me. I like versatile shirts that can be dressed up or down and can be matched with several items in my wardrobe. This pattern definitely fits the bill and I have several more versions planned. On a day-to-day basis, I like to look neat and well turned out, but not overly dressed up. Comfort is key.
I would like to mention that if you are a pattern tracer like I am, that this one is very straightforward. All the pieces you need are on one page. The pattern is printed on sturdy white tissue with dark blue ink, which makes seeing the pattern lines so much easier than the Big 4. I think it took me a total of 10-15 minutes to trace out everything.
I'm looking forward to sharing more versions of this beautiful pattern with you, as well as some other pieces I'm making for my Wardrobe Architect.
What's on your sewing table? Are you doing Wardrobe Architect too?