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Paprika Patterns Onyx shirt

Parpika patterns Onyx shirt
Parpika patterns Onyx shirt
Parpika patterns Onyx shirt
Paprika patterns Onyx shirt

Yay more sewing! I had planned to make another Julia cardigan next, but I was over Jersey fabric after all those plantains, so got a new pattern instead – the Paprika Patterns Onyx Shirt. It’s a dartless closureless boxy tshirt, similarity to the Scout tee. I’ve been wanting to get a Scout for a while since there are so many great versions around the blogs (particularly Helen, the queen of the Scout), but actually I prefer this one with the clever cuffs and epaulettes. It’s also a Pdf, which I prefer as it means I can redo things easily when I need to change something.

Which I think I will have to do for this. I cut a size 5 (my bust measurement was between a 5 and a 6). I wasn’t really expecting it to fit that well at all, given that this is drafted for a b cup and I am currently ambling in f-g territory, but was pleasantly surprised! It’s just right on the chest and stomach. The shoulder seams are way, way off my actual shoulder though. I’m actually wondering if that is a wider issue than that it needs an FBA. I don’t *think* I’ve got narrow shoulders, maybe they are very slopey? What’s the word for that if I need to fix it?

Anyway, I have started making my next one in a size 4 with an FBA, so we’ll see I guess. More on that when it’s finished!

Back to this one! Fabric is some cheap I ikea stuff. I got it years ago with the intention of using it for a Chardon skirt practice run, although that wouldn’t have worked anyway, since it’s slightly see through which is fine for a top with a vest underneath but not a skirt. I had it in my head that it was 100% cotton, but It’s fairly stiff, so maybe some kind of cotton linen mix, they do sell that I think? Anyway, it’s not ideal but I need to use it for something and I do like the design. I will definitely wear this top, in fact I already have three times since I made it.

As you can see, I ditched the cuffs and epaulettes, I thought I’d wait with those until I’d got the fit right. This was the first time I’ve ever finished a neckline with bias binding on the inside, which I prefer to having it visible on the outside. The instructions for this part are excellent (as indeed are all of them, but this part in particular is explained in a lot of detail). I also used a lightweight and soft fabric binding you can buy in packs in John Lewis, so much nicer than the stuff scratchy stuff you can buy by the metre.

That’s all I can think of to say about this. More versions coming soon, hopefully.

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  • Jessica 10 August 2015, 8:27 pm

    Lovely! So impressed by your sewing with a new baby skills! And the print is great.

    • Franca 15 August 2015, 5:55 pm

      Thanks! I’d love to do more, but it’s strictly an after milo’s gone to bed and when Dave is holding Ellis activity.

  • Helen 12 August 2015, 12:18 pm

    This is really lovely, I like the print, and it doesn’t look stiff from the photos. It also goes really well with your skirt. Great outfit! No idea re the shoulders though. I think your plan of cutting a smaller size and doing an FBA is a good start though. If that’s still too big, you could try grading between sizes – cutting an even smaller size at the shoulders, but keeping the armscye the same length (if you need that). You might need to play around with the sleeve cap though, which is a bit daunting.

    • Franca 15 August 2015, 5:57 pm

      Thanks! I maybe meant more scratchy than stiff really. We’ll see with the FBA, I haven’t done anything on it since I cut out the pieces over a week ago!

  • Lisa 12 August 2015, 8:03 pm

    Lovely Onyx Franca! And about those shoulders… it just might be that they’re drafted as dropped shoulders 😉 That’s why they’re rounded at the seam too. They should continue smoothly into the sleeve.

    • Franca 15 August 2015, 5:58 pm

      Aaaahh, thanks, that explains it! Shows how much attention I pay – I blame baby brain!

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