It’s finally finished. All the pattern adjustments are complete and I think I have a working pattern. Whew! I sewed the buttons on last night, and wore it out to visit with Prince Charming’s co-workers.
Since I was already in the throes of pattern alteration, I revamped the collar a la Louise Cutting. This method cuts both the upper and under collar as one, swapping the collar side seams for a single seam in the middle of the under collar. This also puts the under collar on the bias, with the upper collar still on grain.
I changed fabric for the facings, as you can see with both the sleeve photo and the collar band above. I think this gives a nice design touch. The body fabric has some lycra in it, and the facing does not. I don’t know if this sort of stretch stabilization is really necessary. I didn’t take that into account when changing the facings. It’s just something I like to do.
I know some folks may be saying Why bother with all this fitting? Why not just try another pattern? I must admit, I sang this chorus to myself several times. Still, when all is said and done, I now have a nice shirt, and a basic pattern to compare other patterns to. This should save some trials and tribulations further down the sewing road.