Collared, cuffed, button down shirts. They are a little bit outside my wardrobe comfort zone, to be honest. They feel a bit masculine to me, and I like pretty. But, I know I should own some, so I was pleased that Sewaholic released a version with some details I could appreciate: the Granville.
My main beef with button down shirts? Not enough waist definition. This pattern style solves that problem with princess seams in the back and significant waist shaping at the side seams. Enough that I could easily (and very flatteringly) tuck it into pants without looking like a balloon on top.
The sleeve width is narrow and flattering, with no gathers at the wrist. I know that seems like an insignificant thing, but no extra fabric at the wrist makes for a much more attractive garment, in my opinion 🙂
I sewed a straight size 2, with some petite alterations. However, for my next version, I’ll shorten the length above the waist, instead of where indicated on the pattern (below the waistline). I also shortened the sleeves by about 2″ (which was perhaps 1/2″ too much). I made the initial shortening before cutting out the fabric, but realized they needed additional reduction after sewing on the cuffs. Thankfully, I had enough fabric to recut the cuffs. This shortened the sleeve placket, but I think it looks just fine. In the next iteration, I may also reduce the hip flare a bit.
I really like this pattern. A lot. Some alterations for a personal fit and construction directions aside (next time, I’ll construct the sleeve placket and collar differently than instructed), I am most definitely planning a second. And next time, I’m really going for it with Liberty cotton, if that gives you an indication of how highly I consider the quality of the pattern 🙂 Several of the Glenjade colorways would be lovely.
Resewlution 2015, January garment #2