That’s a no from me

That’s a no from me


Even though it’s been a few months since this sewing disaster, I’m still upset.  For me, this has been a great lesson in how a change of fabric can highlight fitting issues.  Deep breath.  Let’s start at the very beginning…


Back in July this year,  I blogged my Linen & Liberty Nell Shirt.  I loved this make.  The pattern had some great design features and the shirt felt very ‘me’.  When I have success with a pattern, it’s very common for me to sew another one, or two, or ten!

For my second Nell, I selected some precious cotton shirting from the stash.  Shirting was listed as a suitable fabric for this pattern.


It turns out that shirting has absolutely no give, and the front bib was a nightmare to ease in.  The result… both puffiness and hollowness in the bust area, as well as terrible drag lines that follow the contour of the front bib.


Very very disappointing.


And for the sake of comparison…

A Verb for Keeping Warm's Nell Shirt


When it comes to this pattern and my body, it appears that linen is very forgiving compared to cotton shirting.  With nothing more to say, I’m going to exit to the left…


Pattern:  A Verb for Keeping Warm’s Nell Shirt (paper (US readers), paper (Australian readers) or pdf
Cotton shirting from The Fabric Store
Sewed down the lower edge of the back lining
Accessories:  Elk beads (however they were a fantastic find from the op shop!) and Raffia Chic shoes from Scarlett Jones


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