Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Crazy Town: Simplicity 3964

Many years ago (I dunno. At least 2, but more like 3, 4, or 5) I fell in love with Simplicity's Built by You Patterns designed by Wendy Mullin. (Of Built by Wendy.) I made the below pattern and have worn the death out of it.

The poof has gone from the sleeve, the elastic has started to peek through at the armhole, it's made from quilting cotton, and has always been a little too big. I continue to wear this shirt, and even though it is kinda weird (I am fully aware of my taste issues) it is actually my most complimented item of clothing.

Watching this shirt disintegrate, I decided that I wanted another one. (I am, after all, in need of more shirts to wear with jeans.) Voila: another trip to crazy town.

I love it. And I'm going to wear it all the time. Which, especially when you make your own clothes, is something you want. I've made things that were just lovely, but didn't really match my preferences, and they didn't get half the wear that the brown shirt has.

I should have tied a bow, but I am lazy.

Some project notes:
  • Once again, made with quilting cottons. (Urban Chicks.) I am aware of the draping limitations of quilting cottons. Works just fine for this shirt. (The body is not cut on the bias; this is just how this plaid is.)
  • I did not match my plaids.
  • The sleeve head is really puffy, so I took an inch out at the top. I am not 6. (Or even 26.)
  • Went down a size from last time.
  • I might wanna make the next one a tiny bit longer.
  • The yoke on this is somewhat time consuming. I am pleased to note that it was much easier this time around. (Maybe I have learned something after years of sewing!)
  • I have never liked the elastic at the bottom of the sleeves in the original shirt, so I bound them this time instead. (I cut an extra neck binding piece and cute it in half. Turned out to be exactly right.)
  • I love it.


Uta said...

Love the bird shirt! So cute. Yay for crazy sewing (and making stuff exactly to your taste)!

KID, MD said...

Way cute! Matching bias printed plaid is such a pain, and totally not worth it to me, especially as so little RTW is matched at all, even the easy stuff.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Love the fabric combo in your new top! I made this one a while back and found the yoke very fiddly to construct as well, especially for a pattern aimed at beginners.

Karin van D. said...

It's really cute. Are those birds, chickens even, on your shoulders? It's good crazy! :-D