But you should see a few close ups to see the beautiful details in these drawings.
I almost used a new shirt pattern for this strike off, but chickened out. I didn't want to screw it up. So I decided to stick with one of my favorite patterns.
Here are all my pieces cut out. I almost paired this with another print, but decided to play it safe (and boring) and do a solid. I rarely buy solid color fabrics. I just love patterns and colors. But I had made a point a month ago to buy some really nice solids when I was at Super Textiles on Perth Street in the Dallas Fabric District. This coral knit is a terry knit (I love a heavier weight knit) and was only $4/yard.
The first step in this pattern is to sew 2 lines to gather the front and back pieces.
Then to stitch the sides together.
Then on to make the sleeves. First I sew the darts, then down the seam.
The dart makes the sleeve lay nice and flat against my arm.
Now to attach the arms to the body. Which I apparently forgot to take a photo of. I did this shirt while I had some pretty severe pain in my arm. I went to the doctor and he said it was an extreme case of tennis elbow, and he thought I may have torn the muscle since I had significant swelling in my arm and hand. He told me to do as little as possible with my right arm for 4 days to see if it would heal. And it worked. So I wasn't quite on top of things when doing this top as I usually am.
Then it was time to prepare the yoke (neck band). I do mine different than the pattern. I like to do it as one piece and just sew it on as one piece. It requires more work up front, but I hate either hand sewing or trying to hide the stitches following the pattern instructions.
Then I gathered the front and back so they matched the notches on the yoke.
I pin the yoke to the body. I then baste it together, then I serge it. The photo below shows it basted together.
I had just a little bit of this vintage botanic drawing fabric left over, so I added a cuff to my sleeves. Really, I didn't have enough so the inside of my cuffs have some white - but no one should be looking that close to what I am wearing.
Here I am in my finished top. The doctor put me in a compression sleeve and I tried to keep it hidden under the sleeve.