This round is Simplicity 2255, view D, except I added the ruffles on the button placket from view c. This is what Simplicity says about the pattern: Misses’ tunic or shirt with sleeve variations Easy to Sew pattern. I should add that it has bust darts, a sew-on button placket, and a collar stand. I made a size 18, straightened out the side seams to increase just a tad for waist ease. I have to share — over the last couple of years I have read people that use dental floss with a zig-zag stitch for gather but I had never tried it — that is until this shirt. So let me tell you — I can’t believe I waited this long to try that I love it! I hated doing the double line of stitches, at times would use the pins and do an ease in opposed to the double stitches — but running those stitches over a line of dental floss is a breeze, moves that along very fast.
So do you like the fabric of this shirt? I am like a broken record — it is Cotton Lawn, yes again from Fashion Fabric Club. I like the colors, I have a pair of capris that will work great with this fabric — I’m hoping to work out some fit issues for some capris.
The shirt went together pretty straight forward, I didn’t find anything out of sorts in the directions. The fit I’m not sure of yet, I tried it on briefly but haven’t worn it for an extended period of time for the entire fit critique of it. One thing I noticed about the fit was the armholes and shoulders; it felt as if the shoulders were a little too long, and the armhole slightly too deep — but I’m not sure if part is because of the sleeve selection I used. I will add an edit to this page after I wear the shirt for the day to discuss more about the fit or any alterations I would make in future versions.
Okay I wore this top in-between the time I wrote this and the time it posted, I like the top on but it does have a few issues. The item that bothered me the most is the armholes, I guess I have issues about armholes. This top like others that aren’t made specifically for sleevelesss are cut wrong. Even though this has a capped style sleeve the sleeve lends itself to sleeveless style. With a sleeveless style the shoulder length should be shorter than a sleeved style, and the armhole itself should be up higher and in tighter then a sleeved armhole. Therefore this top has problem when it is using same armhole for both sleeved and sleeveless styles — so to make this top in the style I have the shoulder length needs to be shortened, armhole shortened, and darted in slightly. The second thing that bothers me about the shirt is the neck, the collar on the neck just isn’t right. They have curved the placket, so the collar sits back but it sits too high too. All day the darn collar portion of the neck kept hitting me under the chin area, I realized that the collar needs to sit lower on the neckline. — so although I will wear this shirt I don’t think it will make the TNT patterns.