If the Pattern Fits, Keep Using It
Patricia Hoeft liked the fit of our Yoked Blouse #108 so much, she decided to make a variation and add more style to her wardrobe. Patricia kindly sent us this photo to show how she created a shirt-look from our blouse pattern.
Start with a pattern that fits.
Patricia started with Petite Plus Patterns #108 Yoked Blouse.
Make a working copy of the pattern.
If you like the original pattern, keep it safe by tracing or punching out a working copy for your style variations.
Decide where the neckline will sit.
Patricia began by raising the pattern neckline to that of a shirt she liked in her wardrobe.
A shirt overlap is straight at the center front.
On the front hem line, Patricia straightened the center front curve at the button overlap. She created a shirt-style strip for buttons and buttonholes to run the length of the shirt front.
Measure and draw a new collar.
Then she drafted a collar stand and collar to fit the measurement of her new neckline.
Straighten a curve and add a tidy tab.
On the sleeve cuff, Patricia says she eliminated the upturned point, leaving a simple turn-back cuff. To give the turn-back cuffs a nice finish, Patricia drafted and added sleeve tabs.
Enjoy a fresh look with a pattern that fits.
Patricia says, “Everything else was perfect with the pattern. I didn’t have to alter a thing. It fit right out of the “box”. I can’t tell you how happy I was in making this pattern – as I have, I’m sure 400+ shirt patterns that don’t fit!”