As I may have mentioned, I keep opening my closet, looking inside and saying, "Dang. I need more shirts." (I think I have five I wear... plus sweaters. It was 80 degrees today...)
Looking for a cute shirt pattern -
I started with view A. (Who wants a shirred shirt? Not me.) Theoretically I was a straight size F out of the box. It's hard for me to figure out tissue sizing on princess seams, so I gave it a go. Came out surprisingly well in the first draft. (This is a sheet. Always make a muslin. You may remember it from making a muslin of a shirt for DH some time back).
Two changes to be made. It didn't have quite enough room in the bust and it had a bit too much room in the back waist. I gave a quick go to a slash (in the muslin) about where they always tell you to slash and spread the pattern for princess seamed alterations. What do you know - a slash made it fit! Wild. I'm short but I am long in the torso, so I didn't make any length adjustments, except to compensate for the length I added in the bust by taking an equivalent amount out on the "lengthen/shorten" line. (Yes. Patterns over curvy bits are a mystery unto all of us). (An inch, if anyone is interested).
The usual back-waist taper.
I put in those two pattern adjustments and voila! I have a shirt muslin that fits - not too tight, not too loose. Body skimming.
So tomorrow or this week, I'll sew up the real deal. If it works, you'll probably see a pile of them. I've needed a cute easy to deal with shirt for *ages*.
I was worried about the sleeve length - but it looks cute in muslin. Not nearly as short as shown.