I promise to wear this shirt sometime next week and style it properly… but I finished the shirt last night.
It fits *beautifully* and I’m quite pleased. I went with a very long length, so if I choose to wear a slim dress, I can wear it as a topper (buttondowns in my wardrobe do more duty as toppers than as shirts). Mid-thigh is a good proportional line for me.
I will be using the other two pieces of fabric and sewing them up in the same manner – this is still not my holy grail of the perfect shirt, but it *is* the perfect buttondown.
Changes I’ll make: A better sleeve placket, and 1/2″ more room in the center back. I might insert the sleeve on the flat, just to see how it goes. I won’t topstitch the button placket, that never works like I want it to.
Things learned: Don’t clip curved seams (standard practice) if you’ll be making them flat-felled. The places where I did this, I have an odd little bump in my seam, whereas even the bust seams curved along nicely when I flat-felled them. (Flat-felled is the seam you see on men’s shirts). Also, coral buttons are very hard to find.
I flat-felled all the seams except the arm seams, which I clipped and used my faux-serger stitch to finish. (Flat-felling a round seam? I’ve done it. Not fun).
Here’s my night-lit selfie… as I said, better pic next week!