Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Adventures in Sewing: Butterick 4985

You have seen my petite outfit posts and you have seen my numerous bra reviews. You may have even seen my posts on bust friendly clothing. Today marks the start of my new blog series: Adventures in Sewing. Many people find that they don't fit into "standard size" clothing at the mall. One good solution to this problem is to make your own clothing! I am petite and I tend to be larger on top than I am on bottom. In RTW clothing sizes I need a size 2 or 4 in tops but a size 0 or 00 in bottoms. That combined with me being petite is not a good combo. I have decided to temporarily stop buying RTW clothing from the mall and make my own awesome outfits!

I wanted to start with a good button-down shirt is a) not basic (cause I'm not a basic b****) and b) wearable to work. Ever since I saw fabric by Japanese brand Nani Iro being sewn around on the internets, I decided that I must have my own Nani Iro fabric to use for a special project. For my pattern I chose Butterick 4985 as it's a button-down shirt pattern that isn't horrifically difficult to sew. I have sewn it before so why not sew it again?  The pattern comes in pattern dress sizes 6-12 (this is NOT the same as RTW dress sizes) and I chose a size 6. The directions were really good and this was a very well drafted pattern. However, the one thing that was less than stellar was the collar band pattern piece. I feel like it was drafted to be too small, if you are considering getting this pattern, just know to cut out the collar band pattern piece one size larger than all the other pieces. The shirt feels just a tad too small around the bust and just a tad too loose around the waist, especially in the front. If I ever make this shirt again I will do a slight full bust adjustment and maybe cut the front midriff section just a bit smaller.

All in all, this sewing project took way more time than I thought it would. I spent like 10 or 15 hours on it, but it was well worth it. This shirt is great if you're petite or have a short torso cause the length of it is really short. I usually have to lop off 2 inches from all my tops that I buy from the mall, so it was nice to make a shirt that was exactly the length I wanted it to be.

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