And not just one shirt, but two. In my last post, I was looking at a color blocked shirt from Madewell but did not like the color combination they chose for the shirt.
It was mint green, pale blue and pink. I just do not like the mint green color and frankly don't look good in it. So, I decided to change the green to a pale sunny yellow. I selected 3 colors of 100% cotton pinpoint oxford cloth from Fabric.com.k I chose the colors sky (blue), yellow and pink. While I was looking at the oxford cloth, I also bought some black and white 100% cotton gingham to make a second shirt.
I selected a classic shirt pattern by Laura Ashley from McCall's to make both shirts, McCalls M6649.
The pattern showed one view color blocked but using 4 colors instead of the 3 I had in mind so I used the Madewell picture to decide which color to use for each part of the shirt.
Since this was a new pattern, I had to take careful measurements and make appropriate adjustments. I took 2 inches off the sleeve length (short little T. Rex arms) and one inch from the torso length to waist (shortwaisted too). I cut a size 12 for the shoulders and arm holes, collar and sleeves. I cut a 14 at the bust and waist and then tapered from the waist down to a size 8 for the hips.
Since I was going to use the same pattern for both shirts, I cut and sewed them at the same time. I used white thread to sew both shirts so it was easy to just do one particular step on both shirts as I sewed. The most complicated part for each shirt was cutting. I had to make double sure that I had a left and right of everything on the color block shirt. And, I decided to cut the yoke, front band and collar stand on the gingham blouse on the bias.
Sewing was simple and straight forward. At this point, I have made so many shirts in my sewing life that I really didn't refer to the directions at all. What was interesting is that there was a marked difference in the texture and sew-ability between the fabrics that I probably would not have noticed if I had sewed them separately. The gingham was much more malleable and easier to ease and stitch.
And the results? Here they are!