Friday, May 9, 2008

Lotus Cami

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Back button detail:

Intimate button detail:

Pattern - Lotus Cami by Amy Butler
Fabric - Anna Griffin for Windham Fabrics in Dorothy
Notions: Muslin for button panel interfacing, and 7 1" pearl buttons purchased in Muscatine, IA (pearl button capital of the world).
Comments: I experienced the full range of human emotion while making this shirt. I laughed, I cried, I contemplated setting it on fire. Quite the roller coaster ride - and now that I am done, though I am happy with the finished product, I will most likely never make this shirt again. The construction is difficult, and I made several mistakes (i.e. cutting through both the exterior and facing of the sleeve when I had almost finished putting the shirt together) that really made this much more tedious than it needed to be. The buttonholes were way cool to make, and so easy with a buttonhole foot and so professional looking! Per usual, Amy Butler makes some fantastic patterns. I did make some modifications - I added 2" to the length of the body, and I also added a box pleat to each of the sleeves. And I substituted muslin fabric for the medium-weight sew-in interfacing the pattern suggested to stabilize the button panels - it worked out really well!


J.Po said...

Cute! I'm sorry the project was such a struggle. Complex assembly can get really frustrating. I find it especially challenging when working with patterns that don't go together like other clothes I own. Looks like this may be true of this shirt...with the complicated sleeves and neckline.

Lorrel said...

The shirt looks wonderful Shannon, especially on you. I can see that it would be a frustrating fairly new sewing project but by golly it looks as though you did a good job. I'm anxious to see it in real life. Two more days. Yea.
Love you.

Anonymous said...

I know it was difficult but gosh, I really like the shirt, especially the sleeves and the neckline. - homeinkabul

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