For your info. I am 5’8″ tall. My measurements 45-40-48 today. I used a size 18 EF. These are the changes I made to the pattern after the muslin stage. I did a 3/4″ forward shoulder adjustment and did the same alteration on the sleeve head to match. I have a lot less problems with twisted sleeves since I started doing those two alterations together. I also did a small 3/8″ stooping back adjustment. That’s it. It fit pretty much right out of the package.
So, here’s what I did.
First up. Change the collar. I don’t want the two piece collar on this shirt. I have a favorite collar that I have made before. I compared the neckline to a different shirt with the collar I want to use, and changed my Harrison shirt pattern pieces to match the collar.
Next up. The overlap on the front. I added to the centre front bodice pattern piece the equivalent of the front button band. Then I am going to cut the centre front bodice twice. The second piece will become my front facing. Add button loops and buttons and I am good to go. I used hair elastics in a good colour for the button loops rather than make my own.
I like the shoulders on my shirt. So I won’t change that. I am happy with the sleeve width so I won’t change that. I will leave off the button placket and cuff and try and draft up the shaped cuff in the inspiration blouse.
I also want a small bit of swing at the back so I am going to add a back box pleat at the back of the pattern below the yoke. Something like this shirt.
I decided to use a precious fabric that was in my stash. After all…….I am 64 years old and if I don’t use up my stash my sons will clean out my house when I die and I will have never gotten to enjoy it! It is a Japanese linen cotton blend. Washed and dried twice so I don’t get any shrinkage. It is just 45″ wide so not a lot of extra fabric for fussy cutting. So we shall see how it turns out.
“Shirtmaking For Curves” video class review
Along with the hacking of the Harrison I have decided to review Jenny’s video class on shirt making, Shirtmaking for Curves (I was given the video class for free for testing purposes).
Now I have been sewing for a long long time, over 50 years, actually. I have taken classes with some of the best teachers in North America. I still like to learn and try new things but there are not a lot of surprises anymore. I have taken a shirt class from Craftsy. It was just OK. Not a lot was learned and I lost interest. I have the Ron Collins shirtmaking video and it was quite fabulous. It was mostly shirt making for men but he does such exquisite details that I enjoyed every minute.
This Cashmerette shirt making video class is really quite great. There is so much detail for the beginning sewer. She also is great on video and speaks with confidence giving the watcher an equal amount of confidence. Also I quite enjoyed the accent! I have to say I did learn something new in her class. A technique called “crowding”. I did learn the technique from my grade 8 teacher but have never seen anyone use it since. I also didn’t know the name of the technique.
So if there are any of you considering taking a video class and need some help deciding which one to take, I would highly recommend this class.