This month’s garment sewing challenge has been in the works so long that the pattern is not for sale anymore! After seeing so many cute shirt dress patterns and Style Arc‘s classic designs, I opted to make the Sacha shirt dress for my first fit pattern. This pattern would be completely made with the assistance of my garment sewing teacher as it had a perfect combination of new to me techniques (button hole placket and functional wide cuffs) along with techniques where I wanted to advance my skills set (bicep adjustments and modifying armscyes.)
We started by taking a full set of my measurements and comparing them to the measurements of the pattern. Taking ease and fabric type (a light weight brown chambray) into consideration, we made changes to the biceps, shoulders, necklines and arm holes. After the first muslin, we also make room for my stomach by redrawing the front piece along with additional armscye adjustments.
What you see here is the second muslin. I decided to remove the collar and opted for faced collar using treasured nani iro fabric. I was impressed with my first ever buttonhole placket and the cuffs that can be worn up or down. As in this picture, I plan to wear this shirt over leggings or blue jeans. It’s lightweight and just the right amount of coverage. I can easily wear it open or closed.
I’m also glad I made this pattern with my garment teacher. As much as I love the design, the directions were not comprehensive. (Maybe why it’s no longer for sale?) For example, there was a dart in the pattern but no instruction to sew the dart. Luckily, my limited garment sewing experience taught me to make the dart early on in the process. Overall, it was a long haul to make the garment fit me perfectly but I’m grateful for each new lesson the garment taught me.