A Review of The Selfie Shirt PDF Pattern by George + Ginger Patterns.
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George & Ginger Patterns have just released The Selfie Shirt pdf pattern in time for Selfie Day (June 21st). This blousy daring shirt is cut to the waist and has a peplum skirt attached. Pleats on the back and front bodices add interest while a particular feature is the structured sleeves that balloon out at the shoulders.
The Selfie Shirt comes with three waistband options:
basic, the easiest and most modest option, with or without ties
hook and eye closure, quite modest made with or without ties
tied waistband, the most daring look which fastens at the front with ties.
I chose to make the basic waistband option with ties. This waistband doesn't open at the front like the other two options and isn't quite as low cut.
Recommended fabric for The Selfie Shirt is a medium to heavyweight 2-way or 4-way stretch
scuba knit with structure and good recovery. I happened to have scuba already in my stash that I have used previously for my Heatwave Hot Pants and Sabrina Slims. This scuba from Loris Textiles in Limassol is medium weight and depending on the light it can look like denim or even leather.
This type of scuba cuts and sews beautifully (with a stretch needle). If you use a rotary blade to cut out your pattern pieces you get a sharp even edge that doesn't need finishing or hemming because scuba doesn't fray. Infact, I chose not to hem the peplum skirt of The Selfie Shirt as I wanted just that little bit extra length.
Getting the right fit is fundamental for The Selfie Shirt. It is drafted for a 5'6" adult with a 9-10" side waist and a B/C cup size for tweens to xl and D/DD cup size for plus sizes. There are diagrams and instructions showing you how to adjust your paper pattern pieces if you don't fall within those parameters including:
grading for different bust/waist sizes
calculating your sewing cup size
shortening /lengthening bodice pieces.
I had to use all of the resizing tips! I had to grade between bust and waist, shorten the side waist a little and add length to take into account a larger cup size. I found the instructions easy to follow and feel I have a better understanding on how I should be adjusting bodice patterns.
Once you have graded your pattern The Selfie Shirt is a pretty quick sew. There are pleats on the front bodice, back bodice and sleeves. I basted these all in one step. This step is followed by sewing bodices at shoulders, adding elastic to the neckline, sewing in the sleeves and then sewing the side seams. Sewing the waistband pieces to the bodice, especially if you have chosen ties too, is perhaps the most fiddly part. The fabric is very thick in the places where you are sewing through the pleats plus waistband so you may have to take it slowly.
Final Thoughts: The Selfie Shirt is something that I would expect to see in a designer shop not in my wardrobe! I may add a circle skirt rather than peplum next time to create a stunning dress.