I’ve been working on this classic tailored shirt for was seems like EVER. I made this blouse (Simplicity 2339) as my pattern in the Craftsy class “The Classic Tailored Shirt” taught by Pam Howard. Note: I am in no way affiliated with Craftsy (no shit right). I loved this class! Pam rocks. I have never been comfortable sewing collars so when Craftsy had a sale I bought this class. Pam walks you though every step and before you know it, you’re done! She even talked me into hand sewing! You know I hate hand sewing! There I was, happily sewing collar and cuffs closed with a needle and thread. That woman is good! She also has you flat fell seams, top stitch till the cows come home and even shows you how to space buttons properly. Soup to nuts.
The sewing on this shirt is great. The fit is not. I didn’t devote any thought to fit since I just wanted to work on technique. The pattern I used had 1″ side seam allowances so I hoped I could fudge through ok, and ok is what I got. I used some quilting cotton that I had stashed and didn’t quite have enough so the cuff facings and sleeve plackets are grey dotted and are quite cute.
I worked through this project over the last few weeks in little spurts of time. That actually works well with the Craftsy class setup since they break down each concept into a separate lesson. I always knew where I’d left off because the class remembers where you are.
Now I’d like to make another shirt with better fit. I’ve got some cotton voile stashed that may just be enough yardage. If not, perhaps a trip to the fabric store…
If you’re at all interested in sewing and if Craftsy is having a sale you have my hearty endorsement of this class.