Monday, January 13, 2014

Butterick 5526 with McCalls 6035 Sleeve in Liberty Branchflower - orange colourway


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I have made two shirts in the last week, both in Liberty lawn because I just love working with it and wearing it; it's lightweight but closely woven (which makes it seem somewhat silky), the designs are beautiful and it's very easy to iron.

In the past I've made several M6436s and I love that pattern for a semi-fitted shirt, but I was looking for a more fitted shirt on this occasion.  I didn't, however, want it too fitted so I chose Butterick B5526, which seemed just perfect.  I wanted a shirt (I suppose this is really a blouse) with short sleeves this time, but there wasn't an option for that in the pattern so I took the short, slightly puffy, sleeves fromMcCalls M6035.  Maybe I shouldn't have been, but I was surprised to find that the frill on the front is a circular ruffle, and not a pleated strip as it seems to appear in the pattern cover illustration.
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I made a quick muslin and immediately realised that the bust apex of the princess seams fell too low, but cutting an 8 at the shoulders (and a 10 everywhere else) remedied this perfectly.  I made no other adjustments.  Oh, actually I did cut out four ruffles and sewed each pair together and turned them inside out instead of cutting just two and narrow hemming them.

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I have discovered that shirts and blouses are definitely my favourite things to make, especially since I have started using woven interfacing, which actually feels like part of the fabric instead of something stiff and separate.  I love the hand sewing, the precision required when attaching all the pieces, and the way it all comes together to be a wearable work of art!  Also, it means I can wear my jeans but still wear my home made stuff (well, I could wear my jeans if I could fit comfortably into them, ahem).  I have turned forty-eight today, so I'd better get cracking back on my health and fitness regime before it's too late for EVER, hehe!
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As I mentioned, I have made another shirt (another McCalls M6436) and I will post it soon.

13 comments:

  1. I really like the fabric you have chosen and the style really works with that fabric.

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    1. Thanks very much! I love this fabric too. It's subtle yet interesting.

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  2. You are 48? You must tell us what you are using!

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    1. It's called "not choosing the photos that make me look at least a hundred!" Hehe!

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  3. Happy belated Birthday!!!!
    The blouse is so pretty. I wouldn´t know what to make with some Liberty fabric...it scares me a lot, as expensive as it is. But looking at your blouse makes me want to buy some and use it!!
    The front frills are so girly and pretty!

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    1. Thanks Merche!

      I feel the same with my Liberty fabric if it's a pattern that's new to me. I always make a muslin to test first. That's why you will often see me making my tried and tested patterns.

      I kept the frills because I wanted this one to be less masculine than my other shirts. It worked!

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  4. You are NEVER 48! Those are great colours on you.

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  5. Lovely! I adore Liberty lawn, I ogle and pet it in shops but I could never afford it, at least not while I'm in college!

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  6. Happy Birthday! You look beautiful and the blouse is as beautiful as you look! I love my Liberty -- I wish I only had Liberty fabric......

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  7. Oh, happy belated birthday! Liberty suits you, and I love both your blouses. The prints are amaaaaazing!

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  8. Happy, happy belated birthday. 48? Surely not! Hope you had a wonderful time.

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