I decided on using a TNT pattern for two of the shirts the Grainline Studio Scout Woven Tee.
I like the simple shape and the breeziness of the top. I have made it previously in a slightly heavier white cotton with charcoal polka dots and wound up cutting down the sides for a sleeker fit to prevent the top from standing away from my body too much:. On this previous version, I took out about 3 inches at the bottom on the sides tapering up to nothing at the bust area.
This time I decided to leave the shirt less fitted and more floaty. Here is the first Liberty Lawn shirt, a pink, red, green, and gray floral print:
For the third Liberty Lawn top, I did something different and used the Sewaholic Alma Blouse and combined views A and B. I liked the collar, but decided to use the cap sleeves since my material was so limited.
The third fabric was a vibrant pink floral, very feminine so I thought the more detailed and feminine Alma suited it better.
Because the Alma Blouse is designed for the pear shaped woman and I am most definitely not pear shaped, my hips and bust are the same measurement, I wound up having to do some alteration to make it suit my shape better. I made darts at the waist in the front from just below the point of the bust to the hem. I took in about 2 inches at the bottom of the shirt tapering to 1 inch at the waist and down to nothing just below the bust. This got rid of the extra fabric that was hanging and flaring out in a rather unflattering peplum when I first tried it on. I determine the size of the dart by pinning while I was wearing the top -- rather easy since the adjustment was in the front. On the next Alma I make I will do this alteration flat before cutting . Also, I will probably go down at least one size entirely. I felt as though the upper body could fit better as well. These are not criticisms of Tasia's pattern, they are the sorts of things you learn when you make a pattern from a new designer for the first time. You learn about the wearing ease and the proportions of the pattern as they suit you. You adapt and adjust and learn what to do for each company. I am still in the learning phase for Sewaholic Patterns.
So, who is that in the background? My sewing buddy, Palmer, a long haired Siberian Husky. He hangs out and sleeps while I sew and try things on and do things he generally considers sort of boring. Here is a better shot of the little guy wide awake and paying attention.
The other adjustment I made to the Alma Blouse was necessary because I didn't have enough fabric to make facings, so I winged it and finished the neckline with bias binding. This also gives you a better shot of the pattern of the fabric.
I am very happy with my three shirts. They will be most welcome during the warmer summer months. Of course, here in Woodinville, that means at least 2 to 3 months or so from now. Summers do not come early to the Puget Sound area.