So, another Pattern Magic pattern done, and I like this one! The name comes from the fabric print, ladies who shop, and ladies who do tea! I like the neckline, might just need to get used to it, it feels like the shoulders drop back a bit. It might need a couple of hand stitches just in the front a little to hold it together, but we’ll see.
I used French Seams throughout with this lightweight cotton. The buttons were rescued from one of husband’s worn out Red Herring tops, and I used a coral-red thread for sewing them on. The pattern in the book has the dart into the front seam, not practical for me. I changed the pattern to have the centre front button opening and moved the darts to their normal position in the front. But I wanted something interesting there. I converted the one BIG waist dart into 3 smaller cluster darts.
Ok, so it’s really messy, but this is the working pattern. Initially I had the darts narrower, but on the toile I didn’t like it, so made them wider, and then wider again. When I am finally happy with a pattern, I trace it out so there are no scrappy bits of paper, there’s no magic tape, and only one set of pencil lines! This is the rest of the front working pattern:
I don’t wear high rounded necklines, unless I really want to give the impression of having a mono-boob, so I made a v-neckline, but it is rounded a bit to make it softer. I also cut a facing to support the front, buttonholes and the neckline. As the pattern is so opened up the top part of the bodice sits on the bias, which will stretch in a second if you look at it sideways. I stitched about 5cm along the valley fold line from the end of the neck dart to stop the stretch there.
“So what’s next?” you ask… weeeeellllll. I still want to do the flip-turn, the twisted tops, the drape with twist… You get the picture! But. I have been making husband some pattern blocks so I guess the next thing just might be a shirt for him. Maybe. 😀