Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Jana's Guilt-Shirt

When I won tickets to SNL, B wasn't sure he could take the time off of school to come with me. My sister said that she would be my backup if he couldn't go. Turns out, B was able to go and Jana was pretty disappointed. As consolation, I offered to make her a top of her choosing. She had already had NL6025 in her pattern stash, we just needed fabric. And so the guilt-shirt was conceived.

She and I have quite different tastes, so when I was at mood, I was unable to find something I knew for a fact that she would like. So I waited until she was able to go to our local fabric store to pick out something she would actually wear.

She actually picked out something that I am in love with. I made a wrap top for my bridal shower three years ago out of the same fabric, but ended up donating it because I never got the fit right across the upper back. Many may find it hideous, and honestly, my photography may not have done it any favours, but it really is beautiful in person.

This is a super easy pattern, made even easier with the fact that I did no fittings. Because of the fray-like-a-sonofabitch nature of my fabric, I did take the time to do french seams, and I ended up hand sewing the neck binding. 

Here is my review from PR: 

Pattern Description:
Misses' tunic or top with sleeve variations and tie belt. New Look easy sewing pattern. I made view B with the E/D neckline.

Pattern Sizing:
8-18. I made a 10

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. I deviated a little with my seam finishes because of my fabric choice.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like it. It's for my sister and I just finished, so I've yet to see it on her to get my final opinion.

Fabric Used:
According to Simplicity Fabric Guide, the closest matches I can make would be polyester georgette or chiffon. I made a beautiful top out of this same fabric for my wedding shower, but have since donated it because it was too narrow in the upper back. 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I only changed the way I handled the seam finished, opting for french seams because my fabric was somewhat sheer and frayed like crazy. I also had to hand sew the neckline binding down. There was no way it was going to stitch-in-the-ditch. 

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Depending on how it looks on my sister, I may make this again. It looks like other sewers have used it as a maternity top, so that's an option for the future as well. 

Super easy pattern. It's a quick make. I recommend.

Beautiful buttons: 

Neck binding: 

French seams: 


  1. Wow! I love your fabric and beautiful inside and out! Great button for added interest too.

  2. Love it!!! Beautiful sewing details...lucky sister...

  3. I dig the print, but I've never been accused of having good taste! I think she will be consoled with her consolation prize.