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« on: September 03, 2006 01:53:44 PM »

Hey craftsters! I was recently in White House, Black Market and saw this really fabulous top with a boat neck and dolman sleeves. I loved it, but not the price ($68- ouch!). I thought "this shirt is rather simple, and I'm sure I could make it!" I was wondering if anyone had any patterns/ideas of where to start on this shirt.

Here is a picture of a similar shirt from WHBM. I would post the original, but it's not online. Basically, it's like the following picture, but with a boatneck instead of a V.

The fabric is a heavier weight rayon/spandex mix. Going by this information, does anyone think it would be do-able to create a pattern, or is there a tried and true pattern I could use?

Thanks in advance for any responses!!

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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2006 02:29:09 PM »

this looks really easy to draft a pattern for. start with the bottom part, take your under bust measurement and make it just that wide or a half inch smaller so it will be snug(not a half inch on each piece, a half inch in total). make sure you widen out the pattern to accomodate your hip measurement plus a half inch and make it long in the waist for those gathers (the shirt will settle on you like that, no need to gather stitch or anything) and long enough in the hem to fall that low.
for the top, use a tshirt that you already have as a marker for the neck line, widen it out just about an inch or more on each side and raise the front neck to be almost even with the back. use your shirt to figure out where the shoulder point should be and make your sleeves the length you'd like them based on that. make the sleeve loose enough that it will fall nicely, the underarm part just curves in until it reaches the waist. the bottom of the shirt should be wide enough so that you can make those gathers under the bust, looks to be two two inch gathered bits, that would be about 4-5 inches pre-gather.basically you want the front  and back pieces to be the same right up to the arm pit curve, then on the front you'll make it wider from that point. you might have to fiddle with the pattern there to get it just right but if you make a mock up out of some junky tshirt fabric first before cutting your good fabric you'll get it perfect. the front curves slightly up from the side seams to the middle so it sits nicely under the bust.
remember to line up the back of the bottom piece with the back of the top piece so they are the same length (this is called "truing" the pattern) thsi avoids having too much of one seam when you are putting them together and keeps the fabric from twisting and pulling when you wear the garment
good luck!!!

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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2006 01:52:15 PM »

Thanks so much for your help! Hopefully I will get some time to make this shirt soon!

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