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2/10/2010

HotPatterns Princess Shirt, revisited in wool tweed.

This is my first version of the up-dated draft of  HotPatterns' Plain and Simple Princess Shirt.
It was designed for shirting-weight fabrics, but because I wanted to make a simple "shirt jacket", I used a lightweight wool tweed instead. And since I plan to wear this over another top, I added 1/4" of ease to each side seam and the sleeve seams. I wanted to add pockets to this shirt jacket, but unfortunately did not have enough fabric.

This pattern is a re-draft of one of  HotPatterns' first styles.  When comparing the original draft to this new one I was happy to discover that the changes were minor but ones that improved the fit, in my opinion. The most noticeable changes are a slightly lowered armscye, a slightly wider sleeve and the addition of a back neck facing.  Subtle but effective changes that I think I will really appreciate when I make this style in lightweight fabrics...and I will be making this style again. It is one of those great patterns from which you can get a lot of "style mileage".

Sewing notes: Facing and Collar interfaced with PRO-WEFT FUSIBLE from ~Fashion Sewing Supply~.

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24 Comments:

Anonymous Theresa in Tucson said...

Nice looking jacket Pam. Very subtle coloring and it looks comfortable.

3:23 PM  
Blogger gwensews said...

I bought that pattern on your recommendation. Your shirt/jacket is beautiful. Thank you for showing it to us and evaluating the new pattern.

3:42 PM  
Blogger Ann's Fashion Studio said...

I love this idea, it looks wonderful.
and very stylish!

3:50 PM  
Blogger Renee said...

Looks like a great shirt jacket. Also, I always enjoy your photographs - it looks like a catalog picture.

4:10 PM  
Blogger Dei said...

Very nice. Like the heavier weight fabric.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Faye Lewis said...

Lovely, you know I love all types of jackets.

4:59 PM  
Blogger becki-c said...

Nice looking shirt! I love your collars with this pattern. Did you line it?

5:01 PM  
Blogger Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

becki....no I did not line it. I could have, maybe should have, but I just decided not to line this shirt...no real reason why I didn't ;)

5:43 PM  
Blogger Elle said...

Very interesting to see how this pattern can look in a very different type of fabric than one would normally think of for a shirt pattern: wonderful!

5:57 PM  
Blogger a little sewing on the side said...

I love this shirt /jacket and all of your Hot Patterns creations.

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is lovely, Pam! Not that I am surprised :) Nice to see you back on the blog, too.

Kristi

7:43 PM  
Blogger Kathi said...

Very pretty - what shirt do you have under it? Looks like a cowl - I am on a bit of an obsessive search for a really good cowl pattern.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Gail said...

Very impressive work. I love the neutral tone of tweed.

9:10 PM  
Blogger Digs said...

Lovely - I immediately showed it to my husband as a "beautiful lightweight shirt jacket" - and he concurrred!

9:51 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Very nice tweed shirt!

5:30 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Helpful and interesting post! I have been wondering about the collar construction of this pattern. It's a bit tricky, and I wonder what this detail adds to the overall design. What are your thoughts?

4:10 PM  
Blogger Summerset said...

Such a great interpretation of the pattern!

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a copy of the original pattern. Should I "upgrade" to the new one?

1:37 PM  
Blogger Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

Brenda wondered about the draft of the collar.

One of the reasons I *love* this pattern is that it is drafted with a true classic collar and lapel. This provides a collar and lapel "turn-back" that actually stays open. Rather than the simple 'convertible collar' that you usually see on blouse patterns, that tends to "creep closed" while wearing.

8:28 AM  
Blogger Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

Anonymous asked if she should upgrade to the new pattern.
That's up to you...I have both and like both :) The armhole is a little deeper and there is a little less sleeve cap ease on the new pattern. Subtle but nice refinements to the original.

8:33 AM  
Blogger Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

Kathi asked about the top underneath this shirt. Yes Kathi, it is a cowl pattern of my own design that I drafted by hand.

8:36 AM  
Blogger Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Oh my but that is beautiful and sending me running off to the HotPatterns site to purchase a pattern!

9:24 PM  
Blogger Plookiss said...

I wanted to say I have left you a Sunshine Award on my blog (http://plookiss.blogspot.com/) for you to pick up for having a great inspired blog.

Thank you and keep up the brilliant work!

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Lacey said...

I have always wanted to mimic the designs of pinks. This shirt pattern is a great deal like those shirts they offer. thanks for sharing.

Lacey

http://www.sewingcouture.com/

12:10 PM  

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