Blouse/Shirt Jacket for 6PAC

I’ve decided to use Connie Crawford’s 5047  Camp Shirt for the corner-stone of my Summer 6PAC.  I like how the extra ease of a camp shirt enables it to function as a shirt jacket.  I’ll wear the camp shirt by itself whenever the temperatures are cooler i.e. late spring, autumn, cool evenings, visits to the mountains etc.  There are other times when I’ll ne expecting a warm day and will start the day in either the Golden Showers Blouse from yesterday or the coral tank (yet to be sewn or shared).  The day turns cold.  Maybe it’s  a sudden summer shower. More likely I’m sitting in the doctor’s office, just run into the grocery store, or other highly air-conditioned setting.  For those circumstances, I carry my camp shirt with me and slip it over whatever top I’m wearing. Instant comfort and control of my environment.

Most of the time, I don’t notice I’m aging.  Every once in a while it becomes apparent to me.Like now when I’m daily choosing to wear one of 5047’s previous versions while having completely forgotten the fitting effort. Seriously, I’m looking out there in pattern land for my perfect camp shirt pattern, while already wearing it. Duh. The good news is that I didn’t need to do a lot of prep.  I compared it with my basic block and confirmed it had sufficient ease (an extra 1/2″ on each side seam).  Even the sleeve had  extra ease.  Can see that I  already added 1/2″ to the collar CB because I previously thought I wanted the collar to sit closer to CF.  My biggest concern was overall length.  I like the existing length, but the current trend is longer.  I’ve found I don’t like ‘real’ tunic length.  To me, I look unbalanced, deformed even.  Its like I’ve lost leg length while my torso has grown. It’s not a matter of getting accustomed to the extra 6″.  Tried that twice.  Wore the garments several times before whacking off a few inches. So, I dithered for a few minutes before adding 3″ length at the hem.   Less than what’s needed for tunic length but more than what makes it high-hip on me. Last changes, not really a changes but a style decisions.  I folded the sleeve up 1.75″ to offset the 2″ planned cuff and replaced cut-on vents with separately cut 2″ wide by 9″ long strips.

I laid out my rayon Challis fabric; aligned the pattern pieces and cut my fabric. I think I’ve mentioned this before, I love creating a coordinated set by choosing a print fabric and then from the colors of the base fabric, selecting matching/coordinating fabrics for the other garment pieces.  This charming rayon Challis print is my first Craftsy fabric purchase

I predict there will be more. More fabric purchases. I thought Craftsy provided plenty of information to make a decision i.e width, fiber, weave, professional pic etc.

I was concerned about color accuracy and the lengths available.   Most fabrics are offered in 2 or 3 yard lengths.   That works for me with blouses/tops. I would be more reluctant when making a selection for pants.  I can squeeze a pair of pants out of 2 yards but I prefer a little wiggle room. I may want to check for shrinkage or match patterns. A contour waistband definitely needs more yardage than a straight; cut on WB can completely eliminates itself as a choice because the extra length just wont fit. I can run afoul when  I’m limited to 2 yards, yet I hate buying an extra yard of fabric and being left with this big ol’ piece that’s missing an 8″ square.  So purchase length will be a concern for me but not necessarily a deal killer. Thankfully,  colors were accurate and the hand what I expected.  Rayon Challis is pretty standard in that way.  But I have had the experience of purchasing a med-weight ponte for pants only to realize upon it’ arrival that it was not pant worthy.  Even when fabrics have a standard hand, I always have this niggling fear that the description wont fully prepare me for the actual fabric.


Well 1  had hoped to get this all in one post, but as usual I have more to say then should be said in one post.  Please come back tomorrow for construction and fit details.


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