Citrus slice

I’m a bit late to the Rachel Comey party but pretty excited to be here!

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Over the past couple of months, I’d been keeping an eye out for a good lightweight fabric to try the pattern out on. I shopped fabric sites, nearly making dozens of purchases, only to balk at the last minute. It was a combination of not finding the exact right fabric and my conscience reminding me that I’d wanted to buy less fabric, not more.

As luck would have it, the same gym sale that yielded my amazing ice tray also presented me with 5 yards of a delightful lightweight peachy colored cotton! When I saw the pattern, I knew I wanted to add a contrast color if some kind, if I ended up on a solid color. I used leftover fabric from my persimmon shirt for the little orange wedge.

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In general, I love how this shirt turned out. It’s easy to wear. I love the colors and I love how the contrast wedge turned out. I’m planning on making another – I think a white one would be extremely versatile – and there are a few things I would change. One, there is too much amplitude in the bosomy area. Two, I need to figure out a better way to do the hem. And three, perhaps the most impossible fix, would be to find a light-weight, natural-fiber fabric that doesn’t wrinkle quite as much as this one. Does such a fabric exist? If so, I’d love to know about it!

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In other news, I’ll be taking an overnight trip to Bend, Oregon on a semi-secret mission! Back soon!

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12 thoughts on “Citrus slice

  1. Cute, as always! That pattern is really fascinating… There have been so many great versions of it made by bloggers! I like the bold colours you chose though, and the seamlines really show wel!

  2. I love this! What a great color! And the contrasting wedge is a great touch! I've had decent luck with cotton voile not wrinkling too much, so that's sort of my go-to when I need something lightweight.

  3. Your version is wonderful! I bought this one during a JoAnn's Fabric Vogue pattern sale and need to try it out. I love the simplicity and the orange is such a nice color on you!

  4. Oh that's awesome! I was thinking this would be a great pattern to block/ ombre dye. Very cool effect for sure. You could try using pure cotton voile (with a very high thread count) cotton or linen chambray (if the latter, make sure it has some poly content as this acts as the no-crease for linen combos) or just use a light voile and keep a fine atomiser of starch near the iron to starch the front lightly..

  5. Nice to know! I've worked with voile successfully, but it seems to vary so much. Probably best if I can buy it in person!

  6. Don't worry I'll be even later than you to the party! Love your version and the photos and that wedge of colour. How did you go with the sizing? I've heard lots of reports that its way too generous and everyone sizes down….

  7. Thank you! I went down a size in the shoulder/bust/waist but graded back up to my normal size through the hips. I'm planning on grading down even more through the bust next time. I'm excited to see yours!

  8. Totally love your version! Thanks for the tips on sizing above, too. This pattern has been sitting unused in my sewing room for far too long!

  9. I love the slice in the front! I was contemplating making another version and playing around with those wedge shaped pieces. This is such a good idea. I struggled with that hem, too. I used a busy print so it's camouflaged but I'll have to figure out a better way if I make it again. This is so great! That's such a pretty peach-y color.

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