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jmk3482
« on: February 23, 2009 04:20:36 PM »

I have a friend who really likes this shirt and I would like to make a copy of it for her. Does anyone have suggestions on a pattern that is similar to this?

http://www.torrid.com/torrid/store/product.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302036002&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442194161&bmUID=1235433691230
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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2009 05:55:37 PM »

Have you checked the 'big 4' yet? (Vogue, Butterick, McCall's etc.)

Look for the sleeve & the high waisted bits when you look, the perfect pattern might be a dress (which you can just cut it shorter) or in with pants or something, don't look at just tops Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2009 07:38:49 PM »

I will check. Thanks.
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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2009 08:02:21 PM »

Okay, after looking I came across this pattern.

http://www.butterick.com/item/B4985.htm??tab=list/tops&page=all

The blue shirt in the pic looks pretty similar to the shirt but there are no ruffles on the front. And this shirt buttons all the way down.

How would I go about making this pattern with no buttons and adding the ruffles like the shirt from Torrid? I know how to sew but I haven't been doing it very long.
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2009 07:20:22 AM »

Ruffles:
pretty easy really Smiley
Buy ready made ruffles (in the ribbon & trims yardage area in your fabric store) I'd get 2 - 3 yards, just to be sure there is enough.
After you have cut the bodice pieces and before any sewing, use tailors chalk and a ruler to draw lines where you want the ruffles, probably three rows on each side.
Use the grain line arrows on the paper pattern for a perfectly up & down line so your ruffles go in the direction you want.
Use the ruffled trim to figure out how far apart these need to be (most likely you want to over lap the ruffles a little so each ruffle covers the next ruffles flat part).
Starting with the ruffle closest to the armpit, sew them in place. If the top flat part of the ruffle where you sew it isn't very pretty (some are meant to be hidden & might have raw edges), sew some pretty ribbon over it after it's in place.
Finish assembling the top as instructed.

Making the top not button all the way like the one you like:
This is a lot harder. The Torrid one probably is fuller through the back with either elastic across the back to give it a fitted appearance or elastic & a tie. This dramatically changes the shape & how much room is needed in the bust because the Torrid top is meant to be pulled on over your head (the button placket is purely decorative) and the pattern is designed to button for a fitted appearance. If it's a tummy issue make the pattern as instructed but don't put in the lower bodice darts. This will give you some comfort room while keeping the tailored & not pregnant appearance Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2009 09:13:25 AM »

That's exactly the pattern I was going to recommend!  I have it in my stash, even.  To eliminate the buttons:  consider putting a hidden zip in the side seam.  This allows you to keep the fitted appearance, just either add a front seam, or cut that as one panel, either way.  I have more than one relatively fitted shirt that's got a blouse-y-er top, with a side zip from the hem to the empire seam, and they're awesome!
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2009 09:39:40 AM »

Thanks for all the great info!
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