I failed in two attempts to get good photos of this shirt, and then realized maybe it was my face that wasn’t photographing well. I try not to make a habit of cropping myself out of photos, because I want my kids to see that I was present, but today it’s really just the shirt I wanted to show. I think it’s this icky cold that’s keeping me from making a pleasant face for the camera. (Not that pleasant expressions are my forte when I’m healthy. Usually I look like I’m facing a firing squad, except in my driver’s license, where I look like I’m playing poker with a serial killer.)
So, here’s my headless-and-legless shirt:
I found the buttons in my stash when the shirt was nearly complete. I can’t believe how perfectly they go with the fabric. The vintage fabric and buttons were both from my mom.
I hope the crease near the waist washes out. I did already iron it. The fabric sat folded on a shelf for a very long time, so it’s possible the crease will be permanent.
This was my second try in two weeks to get the fit right for a shirt using “Pattern Master Boutique” pattern-making software. My last attempt was a disaster–it turned out I’d failed to notice a whole menu screen, including all-important options for dart placement. The Empire waist was up under my armpits. I tried to keep this second design simple in case it also failed, but I’m much happier with the fit. I did add tucks to the sleeves because I didn’t like the way they hung.
Pattern making software is ripe for operator error: You can choose the wrong fabric, add too little ease, choose an unflattering style, or do all of the above. But it’s also great fun to have so many options.
PMB recommends making a fitting muslin, and I’ve done that before with some of my earlier measurement sets, but this time I wanted to jump right in and work on a wearable project. I’m sure there are lots of things that could still be tweaked to get the fit perfect, but for now it’s close enough to make some more clothes that will at least fit better than anything I can find at the mall. It’s been a long time since I’ve made myself anything wearable, and I’ve had several things turn out very unwearable, so it’s nice to get a taste of success. Now I just have so many ideas of things to make that it’s going to be hard to decide where to start.