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pattern review: a shirt for me (simplicity/lisette 2211)

September 22, 2011

I’ve had this pattern for a while and found this amazing fabric on my big stash building trip last June to Textile Fabric. The fabric is Anna Maria Horner’s voile. I will say that it feels divine, but it is a booger to sew. It’s thin and a little slippery and I found myself becoming good friends with my seam ripper and the basting stitch (and I hate basting!) on my machine to get it all right.

Simplicity/Lisette 2211

The pattern itself is pretty easy. I think it has details on it that make it look harder than it really is. I would love to make it again with a different colored neckline. I’m thinking a patterned fabric for the bodice and then something solid for the neckline and the strip down the middle with some embroidered effects. The pattern suggests you stitch buttons down the middle strip, which I will hopefully do as soon as the family budget allows me to go buy some cute white or yellow buttons!

Simplicity/Lisette 2211 Close up of neckline

My one recommendation with this pattern would be to do the neckline facing first and then add the strip down the middle. The pattern has you do the middle strip first and even after matching up the dots, it still didn’t match up with the facing. Save yourself a step (and some time ripping out yet another seam!) by doing the neckline first!

Overall, this is a great pattern and a pretty quick sew for such a cute shirt!

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