Loose fitting top has back hook and eye closure and sleeve variations.
6-14 or 14-22; I cut an 18.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I made a number of alterations, but the bones of the shirt matched that of the picture.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions for the bishop sleeve were easy. Reading through the flared sleeve instructions were slightly confusing. The shirt comes together quickly though.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The sleeve cuffs are dreadful, they are supposed to be one piece (I made them two to insert the ruffle and sew on the ribbon) fully interfaced. Even with only one side having lightweight interfacing, they are bulky and the buttons are too far back on the cuff, creating a rather large and unseemly tab. The collar is also very tall, I cut this down as well and added the ruffle like I did with the cuffs.
The shell, collar, and cuffs are quilting cotton; the sleeves and ruffles are poly voile.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The two major things I did was change the front pleat to the 6 knife pleats. This required me to widen the pattern piece to add the fabric necessary to create the pleats. I also widened the sleeve to make it a gathered head, adding 3 inches to the total width. Finally, I shortened the collar and added the ruffles.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Probably not, it’s not truly my style without a ton of alterations and that’s just rather fussy to do.
Not the best, but a decent basic stand collar shirt that closes at the back with hook and eyes. Its collar makes it unique, but be prepared to make style alterations to fit your personal look.