I wore this bustier-style shirt during Me-Made-May but hadn’t documented it properly yet! Since it’s already a few months old, I can say with certainty that it’s one of the most loved of the pieces I’ve made so far. Nathan snapped a few pictures of me on our walk to brunch at the Boat Street Cafe on Saturday.
We found these cool 60’s futuristic buildings that neither of us had noticed before! And wouldn’t you know it, the lone car parked there was a little Miata that just happened to match the color of my shirt.
It’s a great pattern and I would use it again as-is or adapt it into a dress. Because of the fitted nature of the garment, I highly recommend making a muslin and customizing the fit. As a shirt, I’m particularly fond of the way it is short and a bit flared in the back and gets longer in the front.
The only improvements I’d make on this version would be adding some interfacing or another layer in the straps because my fabric was a bit lightweight. And the bodice wrinkles a bit when I’m sitting for longer periods of time, which I think would be alleviated with slightly more ease. Still, none of these issues prevent me from wearing it about once per week.
In other sewing news, I’m considering beginning to post on Pattern Review. Even though I find the user interface a little difficult to navigate, I definitely use it a lot (especially if none of my favorite sewing blogs have tried out a pattern I’m interested in) and feel like I should start to contribute! Do any of you seamsters use it/love it?