Before I plunge into “Ease” for the Pattern Alteration foundation posts, I wanted to share my Cherry Bow Shirt. It’s a prototype for the pattern I’m working on for download.
- Simple enough to sew in an hour or less, and beginner-friendly
- Suitable for medium knits
- Ease-y through the torso to gloss over my squidge but also to prevent the fabric sticking to me during Brisbane’s endless bright, humid, still summer.
- Negative bust ease
- Kimono sleeves to allow air circulation to my sweaty ‘pits without flashing my bra
- Short enough to wear untucked without the fabric riding up and bunching around my waist, and short enough to allow me to tuck it in if I please. I like it at 3.5″ below my waist.
I changed up the back, inserting a softly pleated bow for interest. This is the fifth one, I was getting bored. Boredom and curiosity also drove me to try this pattern in a light, wiggly bamboo jersey. Bamboo has a tendency to “grow” downwards as you sew and wear it, so the sleeves came out somewhat longer than the other versions. I don’t mind it.
Lila was pretending to be a rhino off camera. The irises come from the enormous bouquet of cut flowers my husband brought me yesterday for my birthday. I love cut flowers, they’re high on my list of simple pleasures.
I’m not a standard size, so a relatively smooth shirt like this makes me happy. (It’s even smoother in the medium weight knit.) Since you were all so forthcoming with your measurements and proportions, I’ll share mine: 39″ bust/DD; 29″ waist, 40″ hips carried mostly at the back. A commentator left me a note this morning on the Kimono Sleeves post:
“Just this morning I did not purchase a 1950s patterns because it had cut-on sleeves. I avoid this type of design because I think it’s extremely unflattering to those of us with full busts and very little space between our bust and our hips. The cut-on sleeve just adds more fabric folds around the side of the bust. I want a design that is “clean” around the bust and moves smoothly into a fitted waist. Sorry.”I beg to differ, friend. I don’t have trouble wearing kimono sleeves with more tightly fitted waists than this, in all manner of fabrics. I share those fit issues- big boobs, short waist. It’s more a line and proportion puzzle than a problem with the design feature. With a kimono sleeve, you should have one or two gentle folds in the area your sleeve seam would normally lie. This looks fairly “clean” to me.
Now, don’t be shy. Tell me what you don’t like about this top, or what you do like. I think I mis-handled the front neck curve when I stitched on the binding, but it’s not really noticeable. The pattern has a few necklines to choose from, I’m sick of this round one. I may cut the sleeves a little shorter. For those who like super-clingy t-shirts- you’ll be able to easily zip in the side seams.
Also– Do check out Leimomi’s (she’s The Dreamstress) post about coming to Brisbane! We’re set to hang out in my sewing room later this week, I’m so excited I can’t stand myself. :) I never met another blogger, and to meet one I feel such a rapport with and for whom I have such deep respect- it’s an honor. She even consented to let me draft her!