This week’s pattern club review is coming to you from Lucy who made a gorgeous Sewaholic Granville Shirt. Here are the details of how she found the make!
Pattern – Sewaholic Granville, available in the shop, £13.50
Size range offered: UK 4 – 24, US 0-20
How would you describe the style of the garment?
Fitted shirt that can be dressed up smart or worn open for a more casual look.
What type of figure or body shape is it suitable for?
Sewaholic Patterns are designed for pear shapes with smaller bust and waist so there is plenty extra room at the hips in comparison to some other pattern companies. This is easily fixed by just taking in the side seams if you needed it. As the front bodice is simple it would be easy enough to do a Full Bust Adjustment (FBA) should you need it. Here is a link to the Curvy Sewing Collective Post on how to do that.
What type of fabrics is suitable?
Cottons will work best such as Lawn, poplin, chambray or lightweight denim.
What fabric did you choose and why?
I choose the Atelier Brunette Cotton Lawn in Shape Red from the Bloom Collection, as it’s easy to work with, a great print and a fantastic fabric for layering up on colder days or just on its own when the weather gets warmer.
How easy was it to trace the pattern?
Really easy, the pieces are well marked out and labelled. The pattern paper itself is the tissue kind, but I traced it onto our dot and cross paper.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, although some prior knowledge is assumed. I found a YouTube video on making a cuff placket to help me visualise the steps.
Where the illustrations/pictures easy to interpret?
Yes, mostly, I just needed that extra help for the cuff placket, as I hadn’t done one before.
What challenges or difficulties did you find when putting it together?
A bit of a challenge with sleeve plackets, but once I’d got my head around it, it made total sense and I know it will be easy second time around.
Does the difficulty level on the pattern represent how difficult it was to make up?
There isn’t a difficulty level specified but I would put it at intermediate.
What tips would you recommend to make construction easier?
Press as you go, you can use the Flatter Stiffening Spray to help get the seams really crisp - that stuff smells awesome! Take your time on the collar and cuffs and you’ll be fine.
How did you find the fit? Was it true to size?
Very true to size by going on my body measurements from the size chart.
What adjustments did you make?
Instead of buttons, I used the Prym snap fasteners, as I like snaps on shirts, but also hadn’t used them before so wanted to give them a go.
Is there anything you would change if making it again?
I would shorten the sleeves by about an inch and bring the shoulder seam in. From reading other blogs, this looks like a common adjustment that others have done too.
What advice would you give to customers when choosing a size?
It’s very fitted on the bust and waist so pay attention to the sizing when choosing which to cut out. A FBA may be needed if you have a fuller in the bust.
Are you happy with the finished garment?
I love it and wear it all the time!
How long did it take to make?
About 6 hours
How much fabric did you use? Did this match up with what was recommended on the pattern?
I used about 1.8m which was less than they recommended, but I measured my pattern pieces out on the fabric before cutting and I was using a small print do didn’t have to worry about pattern matching – which usually means you can get away with a little less.
Thanks Lucy, your shirt looks awesome!