I made several fitting changes and one big style change. ( I like Colette Patterns a lot, but I always make a muslin because I have to make so many fitting changes.)
- I added 5/8 inch to the seam allowance because I liked the length of my muslin without hemming.
- The bust darts ended somewhere slightly above my waist, so I raised them. I can see from this photo that I raised them too high, so I will move them down just a smidge.
- There was a lot of gaping at the neckline (and too much fabric at the upper chest) so I took all of that out by making a neckline dart and then moving it into the bust dart. (I did not muslin this change and may be what raised the bust dart point a little higher than I thought it was.)
- I took about 1 inch out of the length of the back yoke piece. (Above the armpit.) I often end up with a bunch of fabric pooling in the middle of my back and I don't have a swayback. What I have discovered is that the pattern length from my neck to my armpit is often too long for me and causes the back of my shirts to be longer than the front. Hence the pooling.
- I made an under collar piece slightly smaller than the upper collar, so it would look nicer.
- I did not care for either of the sleeve options, to I took the short sleeve piece and turned into more of a cap sleeve shape. Much more flattering and comfortable on me.
This fabric is kind of an odd color (super saturated in real life) so I thought it would be great for my first prototype. (It was one of the $2 per yard cotton poplins I got from Fabric Mart.) Aside from the darts being a little too high and having some trouble getting the rounded parts of the collar just right, I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. It is exactly my kind of shirt, and I will probably make several of them now that I have the fit right. (I tend to procrastinate on making things with buttons, which is stupid because the machine I have now does great buttonholes.) I also like the peter pan collar, but am going to play around with some different collar shapes because I can. Colette patterns tend to skew young, and I might want to age this up a bit by adding a less youthful collar. (Although I think it looks fine on me.) All in all, I'd say I am pretty happy.