A Liberty fabric advertisement
For my first foray into a Liberty shirt creation I opted to use Simplicity 2215, a Cynthia Rowley pattern that I had used before, blogged here. I was really happy with the outcome of my first go at this sleeveless shirt pattern so I thought it was worth a go again. In terms of fit I go between a size 10 and 12 in shirts so I used the already cut out size 10 shirt pattern and then graded out at the side seams. Thankfully being sleeveless, I didn’t have to do any adjusting beyond that. The shirt was pretty easy to sew up with only few pieces. To finish off the armholes it calls for bias strips of fabric and the shirt is interfaced along the collar and button front.
I do find the interfacing on this shirt doesn’t lay as flat as I would have liked. I have made this twice now and found it did the same thing each time. It seems to look OK when worn but a challenge to iron the interfacing flat against the shirt after a wash. Anyone had to do adjusts to interfacing? I’m not sure where I would start! The one downfall of my old (but aged well) sewing machine is that it doesn’t make a great button hole. I often find it frays a bit and its quite a manual process with 5 different steps. Given my little sewing machine’s button hole abilities I struggle with being 100% happy with the buttonholes but thankfully Liberty tana lawn doesn’t fray too much as a fabric. I bought some baby pink plastic buttons from Spotlight to go with the shirt.
I’ve worn this shirt several times so far as it’s a great option and I love mixing it with contrasting floral fabrics. One cannot wear too much floral can they!?