I had all the right intentions while making the Colette Negroni shirt for DD. I bought nice chambray from Cali Fabrics and even made a muslin to test the fit. After making a couple of adjustments, I set to work and…. behold!…. another top that’s kind of “meh.”
I guess it doesn’t look too bad, but the fit is a little off, especially in the shoulders (see the bunching and wrinkles?). I started out taking careful measurements of DD and compared them to the finished measurements chart. I decided on a straight size medium and set to work on the muslin. He wanted the shoulder seam to come up higher, so I did some internet research and came up with the following adjustments.
I attached the pattern pieces, keeping in mind the seam allowances. I don’t have a French curve (I probably should get one), so I sketched out the new shoulder seam on the arm piece (that extra tracing paper taped to the original traced pattern) and traced where I needed to trim the body (bodice?) pattern pieces (as seen by my sketchy arc in pencil).
Then I trimmed the shirt front, back, and back yoke where my sketched lines were to make room for the extended shoulder seam.
I hope that all made sense! I then cut into the beautiful chambray and set to work. When I was finished, I had DD try it on and… hmmm… those shoulder seams are too short! How in the world…? The sleeve also looks a little too big on him and we’re not really fans of the collar construction (no collar stand).
I also didn’t have matching thread and DD said that brown was OK. I kind of like the subtle contrast stitching. The buttons were salvaged from an old shirt too stained to donate.
He said it would make a good pajama shirt, so he’ll wear it once the weather cools down. I was really hoping this would be a great pattern to use so I can make him work shirts. He has trouble finding shirts because of his slim frame and long torso, so I was hoping to cut down on the shopping drama for him.
I’m starting to think my sewing projects for DD are doomed to fail or just to become PJs (which is basically all I’ve made him, minus the Paxson Sweater of Fail). I see Jamie from Mac’s Crafts made her husband a super awesome button down shirt (with cats!) from a Simplicity pattern, so maybe I should give that one a try.
I also have some more unselfish sewing plans for DD – the Thread Theory Jedediah Pants. I am hoping those will turn out better!
Have you made something for someone with the best intentions and it didn’t turn out as you planned? Share in the comments!