Happy New Year! This was one of my last projects of 2014. I’ve been really craving a boxy blue buffalo plaid top after seeing this Creatures of Comfort shirt at Steven Alan.
This is my fourth Simplicity 1366 (here’s my first). I love this pattern. I made a few changes: adjusted the neckline to be narrower and deeper, lowered the armscye a little, lengthened by 1/2″ and used Grainline’s bias binding method.
The plaid flannel is from JoAnns. I used the “wrong” side of the fabric so it would be less fuzzy.
I thought this shirt deserved some extra attention so I tried out some iron-on rayon seam binding that I inherited from my grandmother’s stash. It was quick and easy to do and has held up well. I’ll be using this technique again soon.
Details: Simplicity 1366, sz 8, 1/2″ longer, brought in neckline by 1/4″ on each side, lowered neckline 1/4″, lowered armscye 1/4″, lengthened by 1/2″, used bias binding for neckline
Lots of great versions of Simplicity 1366 have been popping up on blogs. Some of my favorite versions: Groovybaby and mama’s rayon , Sew DIY’s navy linen, Sohpie at Ada Spragg’s cheerful print. This Cynthia Rowley design has many of my current favorite features: boxy fit, dropped shoulders, cropped length. It was all I could do to wait for JoAnn’s $1 pattern sale!
I’m glad I did an initial test version since it was hard to figure out what size to sew with over 7 inches of ease at the bust. I tried a size 4 first but even after I let out the seams it was a little too tight in the arm pit and not quite slouchy enough. The size 8 was pretty darn close – I slightly lowered the arm scye, brought in the neck a little, and lengthened it by half an inch. The fabric is a dotty Robert Kaufman chambray. Super soft and very lightweight – almost floaty. Very nice to wear.
Details: sz 8, lowered army scye 1/4″, lowered neckline 1/4″, brought in neckline 1/4″ on each side, lengthened by 1/2″