Today I’m showing you my second Onyx shirt. This ones has an FBA. I’m actually not 100% sure I’ve done this right, I followed this tutorial, but wasn’t sure how much to add at the bit where you stick on the new paper. I could have pivoted the pattern a lot more to make a bigger dart if I’d wanted to. I erred on the side of keeping it quite small though, partly because I want to make one with a large Donna Wilson print I got recently which will get messed up by a dart, and partly because my large cup size is breastfeeding related so comes and goes anyway. I definitely prefer the fit of this one over the unaltered size 5 anyway!
What else? I chose the high neckline this time, and annoyingly didn’t get it to lie as flat as my first attempt. Still looks fine though! I also added the cuffs this time. I’m not sure if I made a mistake or what, but they unrolled themselves quite a bit when I took off the top, so I ended up tacking them on all the way round, which somewhat ruins the effect! Any thoughts?
Oh yeah, the fabric! It’s a sheet made from cotton and terelene (I’ve no idea what that is but here’s a line in a suede song that goes ‘an elegant sir in a terelene shirt’ so it’s stuck in my head. What can I say, I was a teenager in the nineties). I didn’t inspect it much/at all before buying it as it was only £2. Turns out it’s a double sheet (no pillowcases) that someone had made into a single one. At least that’s what I think they did, it’s got two lines running down the long side anyway, leaving a roughly single duvet sizes space in the middle. It does seem like quite a strange thing to do though, it’s not as if single duvets are hard to come by.
I really liked the print to start off with, then I went off it and was prepared write the whole thing off as basically just another trial run, but now I’ve worn it out I actually really like it again! I’ve got ridiculous amounts of the fabric left though, and I’m not sure I need more than one top in that fabric. Maybe I could use it as a contrast thing for colour locked things though. For now it’s going back in the stash.
Next up in going to attempt either a sleeveless version or one with long sleeves!