Ladies and gentlemen, Vogue 8800 is a winner!
This is the pattern-- Vogue 8800. It is very straightforward...a simple style that is easy to sew.
It is a slightly contoured (fitted) casual shirt, without being too tight. And the only alteration I had to make was to lengthen the sleeves. The short sleeves are quite short, which is a good look on a younger man. However in my opinion, too short for a middle aged man. I made this shirt for Roger in a size 40...he is a trim man in his mid-fifties. I lengthened the sleeve pattern by a full inch, and he still thinks they are a bit too short. So I advise to check the sleeve length before cutting.
This shirt gets my stamp of approval
because the important drafting details are WONDERFUL !
LOOK... The collar is curved! The yoke where it joins the back is curved! The back where it joins the yoke is curved! The 3 things I look for in a good shirt draft are all here in Vogue 8800.
OK, so what if the instructions are basic. This is marked as an "easy" pattern, so I didn't expect the construction methods to be sophisticated. If we choose to do so...we can sew the yoke in a way that all the seams are enclosed, add a pocket from another shirt, and put slits in the side seams ourselves.
Vogue has given us the most important thing...a very good draft!
SEWING NOTES-- Pro-Sheer Elegance Fusible Interfacing and Textured Coconut Shell Buttons from www.FashionSewingSupply.com . Fabric is lightweight cotton batik.
Labels: McCalls-Vogue-Butterick Patterns