Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Completed: Granville too

Good Evening guys! I hope you are all well and hopefully the sun shone where you were today too :-) I'm really glad its our long weekend this weekend I have been feeling so rundown! It's glasgow fair weekend this weekend - its a fair that dates back to the 12th centuary, Wikipedia has more info if you're curious - however it is now pretty much a bank holiday for all intents and purposes. If the weather holds we're off to my grans on friday to pick blackcurrants :-D.

 I have a bit of an impromptu make to share with you all tonight - another sleeveless Granville shirt from sewaholic. I had decided that after the previous version that I would like to make up another few similar shirts. The problem is that I dont really like this one. The fabric is the right weight and looks really nice and all it's just a result of sewing when I haven't been feeling well for a couple of weeks and this is riddled with mistakes.

I think that overall I got a better fit with this second version than with the first - I sized down from a 10 to a 6 and performed an FBA. I still need to add about another cm to the FBA but I think the darts are sitting ok adn it fits well around the neck and shoulders. Whereas the front looks not to be pulling- that is because of mistake 1 - instead of making a double fold on the left front I only folded once. HMPF! I only noticed after the collar and stand had been attached and by this point there was no going back. I fixed up the raw edge with bias tape. Problem solved.

Another thing which I annoyed myself with was my lack of attantion paid to the back of the shirt. I have made enough sway back adjustments by now that I know I should do them every time. But I forgot. For next time I will make this alteration! Due to the fact there is no CB seamline the back piece will have to be cut on a single layer in future.

While I sized down by two sizes so the shirt wasnt as baggy as last time I kept the few extra mm that the length of the 10 gave me. I serged the bottom hemline and then folded over once managing to create some additional length. While it may not be necessary I kind of like having a few additional cm at the hemline. I managed to line up the bottom of the button band and facing on this shirt better than the last time too: the button holes even sewed up really nicely and I think the buttons are lined up relatively square too. UNTIL I HAD CUT THEM AND REALISED THEY WERE ON THE WRONG SIDE!!! Face palm all round. The result being that the buttons sit very obviously off centre.

So the shirt os OK. it is wearable and will probably live under a sleeveless jumper if it makes it to an office situation. I was considering donating it however if i'm not happy with the finish I can't imagine other people would buy it! Finally:

Got to love a good outtake pic! Apparently John thinks this looks like I am lusting after a runner in lycra running past the flat....ahem!

Have a great week folks!



  1. Hi Jen, isn't it funny how we are all so critical of our own makes when everyone else just sees lovliness! You have become so much more proficient - dropping in FBAs and sway back adjustments like an old hand. I went to the Alexander McQueen exhibition yesterday. I think you would have loved some of his work - a particular season with a FAB mix of tartan and lace.

    1. Amazing! did you get any photos? I really wanted to go to the exhibition however my friend and I couldn't work anything out in our busy schedules :-(. You're definitely right about my love of tartan and lace...! I think you're also right about being self critical - it's just so much more apparent how mistakes appear on a garment when you spend so much time making it xx

  2. Jen -- from the pictures it looks lovely. But I have those makes where it all goes south pretty quickly and I get through it in attempt to save it. I think you could definitely pull this off with a sweater or even a blazer.

    1. Yeah I hope so. The biggest issue is really the fact that the button band sits off centre. With a jumper that shouldn't be visible so hopefully won't bother me!!

  3. Jennifer, it's so pretty!
    I completely understand though. When you KNOW it can be better, those little things will annoy you every time. I hope that you keep it though. Maybe down the line if you can't take it much longer, you can refashion it into something else!

    1. Thanks :-) I have been working myself up to wearing it out - hopefully ill feel like wearing it soon! I do really love the fabric so yes hopeful that I can do something with it!!


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