So I shared part one of this story, in which I sewed a shirt that made me very happy. Here now is part two, in which I sewed a shirt that leaves something to be desired.
I got it in my head recently that I wanted a red gingham flannel shirt. My inspiration pieces were things like this.
The thing is, I have never liked the way I look in button-down shirts with collars. I thought maybe I could try to re-create the look but in a more loose and boatnecky kind of way.
This, mind you, is a very different silhouette than the shirts I was using as inspiration, but in my mind’s eye it still worked really really well.
In addition to experimenting with flannel, I also wanted to try making the sleeves long. Simplicity 3835 comes with short sleeves and elbow-length sleeves, but nothing long. So I measured from my elbow to my wrist and added that many inches to the bottom of the elbow-length sleeve pattern piece.
That’s about the only part of this experiment that I can really say makes me happy. These sleeves are perfect.
The shirt as a whole, though? Big thumbs down from me.
For one thing, I think this fabric sewn up in this style looks more like pajamas than a shirt. In fact, if I had more of this fabric, I’d probably make matching bottoms and call it a day.
Also, I don’t know if it’s the camera angle or if it’s this shirt, but geez – I seem kinda busty. I’m sure that’s not helping things.
I tried to find some way to wear this that didn’t make me unhappy, but I had no luck.
By itself, it just looked frumpy. With both of the sweaters I tried, it was still unattractive, plus trying to get long flannel sleeves into the arms of a light sweater is no small feat – too much friction!
I feel like my best bet is to shorten the sleeves to at least elbow-length. I think that will help a bit, but it’s a shame because I am so happy with the way the sleeves look (as long as you ignore the rest of the shirt).
I might be able to take it in on the sides and make it more body-skimming, but the truth is I really like the loose, drapey nature of this pattern. I just wish it looked more loose-and-carefree and less frump-city.
What do you ladies think? Is this shirt a lost cause? Or can you imagine some way that I can turn it into something I will like wearing?