The sun was shining and the sky was bright and clear. Perfect afternoon to get pictures of my new McCall's shirt. I called this post "The First Edition" because I can see myself using this pattern over and over again. The shirt went together smoothly. No problems or issues.
This is one of the new patterns released this year. It's described as: semi-fitted shirts have back yoke, collar, sleeve, hem and length variations. Sizes 8 to 24. I used size 16 with modifications. The sewing rate is easy. Yes, it was pretty easy. I was able to finished it in about four hours.
This is a Palmer/Pletsch pattern, which makes the alterations easier as the adjustment cutting lines are already drawn on the pattern. I made several adjustments. The first is the FBA, which is posted here.
My other changes/alterations are:
- lengthen the sleeves by 1 inch.
- The vertical darts on the front and back were deeper
- The lengthen of the shoulder is too long; so I trimmed about 1/2 inch away.
- After sewing the bust darts, I trimmed them to 5/8" and serged the edges.
- Swayback adjustment as usual.
- After I finished the shirt, I noticed the neck is slightly too large. The 14 neckline is a much better fit.
- I used two fabrics: The left front and the lower sleeves are white, while the rest of the shirt is a striped cotton blend I bought in Philadelphia several years ago. This was the only design change from View B. The white shirting fabric is from Mood. It is a stretch cotton.
That's it for changes and alterations.
The finished shirts looks a little boxier than the drawing. But it looks like the shirt that the model is wearing. It is less "semi-fitted" than I expected.
There are no difficult or confusing instructions. Typical.
- Views B and D. I loved the use of the stripe fabric of view B. The length and shape of view D.
- Fit instructions by Palmer/Pletsch is always helpful.
- The two piece sleeve and the yoke.
I will definitely make this again. And I recommend it to others. This is a winner. I'm happy with the results and will get a lot of wear out of this shirt.
In closing, please go to Rhonda's blog to check out my interview with her. The link is here. I'm a "Material Witness on May 19, 2017".