Shirt or blouse? 

When is a blouse not a shirt? Uhm. I'm not too sure but I can say this shirt/blouse got me through PR's Sewing Bee for Round 1.

This fabric from White Tree Fabrics UK, was originally earmarked for a wrap blouse, until Round 1 was announced. So I put the brakes on that project and grabbed McCalls 5433 and decided on making View A with all the sleeve bells and whistles of Views B/D.


What was my challenge?
 
  •   Picking the style for this fabric
  •   Using the fabric to highlight its print
  •   Not this shirt look like a PJ shirt
  •   Making it fit me again
  •   Picking the seam finishes because this shirt is going to be inspected inside and out!
I’ve been working with Liberty prints lately so I cut out each body pieces separately and tried to match the print lines. They run diagonally.


However there’s a button tab so I decided to cut this piece a wee bit longer to accommodate matching or not matching the print. My plan was to place the shirt buttons on the flowers of the print.
 
So technically, this is a shirt.  But I still can't tell you when a blouse is not a shirt.
 
 
 
The seams are French seams. I machine felled the sleeve seam allowances to the shirt.
The collar, collar band, button tabs, cuffs and sleeve band are interfaced.
 
 
Fit adjustments
Roll shoulder on the shoulder seams and sleeve curve. I left the sleeve length long so I can roll it up to bracelet length when I need to.
This already had a centre back seam to accommodate my sway back.

To make sure I could size this up at the hips, I cut a 12 at the hips.
 
  
 
Long story short, once I finished this shirt and took the photos I wore the shirt the next day at work. Well I felt it was too loose at the front, I before work I sewed the front dart in by 1cm and it fit a whole lot better but there were no ripples.

The ladies at work love my shirt. The roll up sleeves were just what I needed to work at my desk and I did not dirty my sleeves. I hate cleaning cuffs on business shirts and I don't intend on ruining this shirt simply because I love wearing it.

Sue and Yoshimi got through to Round 2 with over 40 others who burnt the candle at both ends to get through. There were 116 of us who were judged in Round 1.