So, I spent a few hours looking for my little embroidery scissors to cut the stitches. This usually works best for me. I am embarrassed to say, that I have spent way too much of my life removing the stitches from buttonholes. I was unable to find the scissors, so I used my new seam ripper. I still prefer my embroidery scissors, which seem to be lost.
I finally found a cream color thread after a couple of tries. It blends in pretty well. I think having the cream color stripe as my center may have been some of my issue. The blue thread on that cream just did one of those color theory tricks that made the colors look totally different. I used the cream line as the center so that the buttonholes and the buttons would be lined up both vertically and horizontally. Where the cream lines intersect, they make a solid cream square.
|Seriously, this is too much curve in the|
side seam for Mr. Toad...and maybe
I had added an inch and a half to the back, but was listening pretty intently to an audio book and forgot the add it to the right front. I decided not to deal with it then, and just adjusted at the end. By the way, the book was Heaven is Real. All I can say is "wow."
This shirt doesn't have pleats in the back. The yoke and the back, with the prince seams that I removed, meet evenly. I had made my first yoke on grain and matched the vertical lines. Unfortunately, this didn't work well. The horizontal stripes kept skewing, while the vertical stripes would be perfect. I realized I need to recut the back and decided to just cut it on the bias. It was still trying to skew, but it isn't as noticeable on the bias. Since I cut the yoke on the bias, I also cut the pocket on the bias. I hope that it doesn't permanently effect the way it wears.
|Vogue 8759 Back|
My advice for these instructions: DO NOT USE THESE INSTRUCTIONS!!!!! If you do, you will hate making dress shirts and you will not be very pleased. It will take longer and will involve much hand sewing and the final product will not look professional. The upside to using these directions--your guy might not want you to make another.
My suggestion is to use Shirtmaking: Developing Skills For Fine Sewing (affiliate link) by David Coffin. These are the general instructions I use for all of the boys/men's shirts that I make. I think it is one of the best investments I have made in my sewing library. In fact, it gets dragged around and referred to frequently.
Overall, I would recommend this pattern for a very fitted shirt. If fits Mr. Toad fine, but I don't know how it would have worked if I had the prince seams and the curved side seams. I would like to try the pattern as drafted (and adding some extra length), but only in a solid color. Maybe a vertical stripe could be tried if the solid works.