Last week was beautiful, and my sewing is suffering! I did finish my Sewing Workshop’s Siena Shirt and a pair of linen pants from Vogue 8883. I had wanted to wear them to my Easter family reunion, but couldn’t get them finished with everything going on during Holy Week.
The size S Siena top was indeed too large. The way the pattern is drafted, I was able to cut it down to an XS without any trouble. That gave me the pattern Barbara suggested in the comments–an XS with a S collar. That worked better, but it’s still wide. Figure flattery in this shirt definitely comes from the fabric’s drape. If you make this one, choose your fabric carefully.
I do like it, but I expect that one will be enough.
The pants, well, so far I am in love!
I sewed the size 14 right out of the envelope, except for adding 1.5″ in length–it needs another half inch to really be long enough. The only other change I made from the pattern was to go back and take in the waist.
This is a trouser-style pant with vertical seams front and back. I suppose you could use those seams to improve the fit in back, but I didn’t need to. It has a centered zipper back there, which I like for a change.
Linen is not one of the suggested fabrics, those are twill, gabardine, or crepe. I want to try it again soon in something more firm. I picked up a couple of twill fabrics yesterday, perhaps I’ll try this with one of them.
I also bought a new pants pattern than Cynthia recommended (thanks!), Butterick 5818. I want to give that a try very soon. I’ve had very good luck with the fit of Vogue pants in the last few years, so I’m hoping this Butterick will be a good one for me.
I hear it might rain on Tuesday. Maybe there will be some sewing!