One of my focuses this fall is making shirts that cover my shoulders. I have far too many sleeveless tops that don’t go with one of my two cardigans, which confounds me in the morning when I’m fumbling around trying to get dressed. This top has just enough of a sleeve to get by. The pattern is McCall’s 6512, which I bought a long time ago. Then I saw Kathryn’s version last May and have been meaning to make it ever since!
I used a lightweight cotton voile I bought during my birthday week this year. It’s semi-sheer with a bit of sheen. Apparently, it wrinkles deeply when worn under a coat! (This is sounding less and less appropriate for fall! Ah, well.)
I’m between sizes in most Big 4 patterns. I went with the smaller size, which still has a generous amount of ease. If I were to make this pattern in a thicker fabric, I would remove some of the chest and underarm ease.
The only real change I made to the pattern was adjusting where the tabs are sewn down on the inside. The pattern says to sew the down at the corner of the pointed bodice piece. This created a really strange-looking sleeve gather for me, so I moved them towards my shoulder. I think I’ll move the buttons, too, since it looks like they’re being pulled by the tabs a bit.
I searched high and low for plain gold-colored or accented buttons with holes (not shanks) that wouldn’t pull down on the lightweight fabric. Shopping my stash, Etsy, and two fabric stores proved insufficient. I found these on eBay and love the tiny bit of bling they add.
I’m not sure why, but this project felt a bit cumbersome to me. I just never got too excited about working on it. Maybe it was working on what felt like a lot of details in such lightweight fabric? Still, I’m happy with the results and a basic-ish black shirt is a welcome addition to my wardrobe! And I’d love to make the other pattern view with the long sleeves and bow neck.
Now, here’s a conundrum for you – I think one of my deepest sewing fears is fitting sleeves. One of the deciding factors for me to try this pattern was Kathryn’s description of the sleeve as “superhero hybrid of a raglan and kimono.” I gravitate towards both of those styles (as well as cap sleeves) or no sleeves at all. I can’t tell if it’s because those styles are truly more flattering on broad shoulders – I think they might be – or just easier to fit. Broad-shouldered readers: do you embrace or reject the set-in sleeve?