With winter almost over, it was time for me to put aside all of my cold weather patterns and start concentrating on my spring and summer wardrobe. I have to admit though, I really am going to miss making my turtlenecks and long sleeve polo's. They've been so much fun (who knew I would have enjoyed sewing with knits so much?) and are super comfortable to wear.
My very first spring shirt I decided to start off with is the "Aloha Shirt" from the Victoria Jones Collection pattern # 220. If you would like to view her entire collection of really awesome patterns, here you go - Victoria Jones Collection.
Today your getting the cliff notes addition of my "Aloha Shirt". I made this shirt over a five week period. Grabbing little bits of time here and there trying to finish it so I really didn't take any construction photo's. As much as I love to sew, sometimes life just gets really in the way of the important stuff like "MY SEWING"! I know, it boggles my mind to, but what can you do?
I really like how well the shirt came out. For the pattern size I used a large. Since I didn't first make a muslin I was really thrilled with how well the shirt fit. It is definitely a pattern I can make again without having to alter it.
The yoke and collar sections were a little tricky to deal with. To be honest, I had to take them apart three separate times until I finally got it right. For some reason a standing collar is sooooo much easier to sew! I would have thought this type of collar would have been. NOPE! It's not the first time I was wrong. I plan on making another 4 or 5 of this particular Victoria Jones pattern for the summer so it should become second hand before long.
I like how the back came out and it really is nice and roomy to wear. I think next time though I'll put one box pleat in the center back instead of the two side pleats.
Before I started on the shirt I thought that I was going to have to line the pattern up, but as I started laying everything out the fabric was so busy that I really didn't have to worry about lining anything up. Awesome! Happy Accident!
Spring is on its way and I'm one step closer to a fresh summer wardrobe.
The next shirt I'm going to make is the KWIK Sew 3484. This will be a little different from the Aloha Shirt because it does not have a back yoke. Is that a good or bad thing. Hmm? I've read reviews going both ways. So you know on that alone I just had to give it a try. Now the fun part begins.....picking out the fabric.
Until next time....Happy Sewing! Seam Ripper Joe