I finally finished the first project!!! Yay! I was really hoping to create an anthropologie-type of look because I am so in love with that store. However, my thrifty ways keep me from visiting very often. So, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I have not done a real sewing project using a pattern (and following the rules) in many years. Probably close to 10 years, to be exact. Kelli, it has really been taking me back to our high school days. Anyway, I love this blog because now I feel like I'm sewing with friends again. Also, I would like to take a moment to thank Emilie for the spring cleaning post. It's like I have a brand new machine now that I learned to clean it!
I had a love/hate relationship with this shirt and became very good friends with my seam ripper :-) I like how the lace is very forgiving of flaws that may or may not exist.
I made a couple of minor alterations because I have always been a deviant when it comes to patterns. I got the idea for the pleating from a link that Kelli posted. Then, I accidentally cut the shirt too short, so I fixed that by adding extra trim to the bottom hem. It was destiny because I ended up only having about 2 inches of the doily material left over when all was said and done.
My narrow shoulders really appreciated the tip about taking in the neckline by an inch or so. I really love this pattern, especially now that I have learned from this first shirt. When I got all the materials for the skirt project today, I also picked up some red & white seersucker material for attempt number two from this pattern. I think I'm feeling sleeves this time ...