I finally finished the shirt. I’m pleased with it although, as always, there are things that could be improved. The fit isn’t quite right around the arms, so I’m getting creases across the top of the sleeve. It’s maybe clearer from the back view where there’s a funny fold near my armpits.
It’s not uncomfortable to wear so I’m not going to try fixing it on this attempt. I think I know what to adjust if I make the pattern again. The underarm is too high and needs scooping out a bit, and there’s also too much ease in the sleeve cap. I’d also change the position of the gap in the right side seam that you thread the sash through. It’s a bit too high on me so I have to wrap the sash quite carefully to avoid an unattractive gap.
After wearing this to work for a day I have decided I’d also prefer to gather the extra-long sleeves and stitch them in place rather than just push them up every five minutes.
I thought it might go well with my grey cotton skirt (half of an ancient suit)
It’s OK but it doesn’t really pop. Maybe the sashes need to be longer. Someone also suggested wearing a necklace with it but I’m not sure what colour.
However I’m really pleased I managed to sew a proper shirt collar with a collar stand. I don’t wear shirts much because I don’t like ironing, but it’s good to try something different to my standard sleeveless dress for once. Having said that, the next thing I’m planning to make is Vogue 8644, yet another sleeveless dress. You could probably wear this shirt over a wiggle dress though, or would that just look weird?