It's the combination of the style choices and the fabric. Since it is a patchwork fabric, it has a lot of seams, which has the effect of making it somewhat stiff, not very drapey. I'm not sure the casual (not fitted) shirt style I chose does well with the more formal ruffles and stiff nature of the fabric.
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Also, the forearm area needs to be looser...
There are a few minor sewing mistakes, but nothing worth mentioning. ;-) Given that it is a cotton/poly blend, I am surprised how much the fabric wrinkled after being washed. And it isn't easy to iron because all those seams raise the iron above a fabric a bit. In spite of all that, I think the longer I wear the blouse, the more I'm going to like it. It's the same as the "magic" that happens when you hang a newly made blouse in the closet for a few weeks and it comes out better than it went in. ;-)
What worked well:
- longer shirt stays tucked in better (than previous shirt)
- ruffles :-)
- serged edges - hard to fold over the edges with so many seams in this fabric, so all edges are serged, including the hem and the ruffles
- I made the ruffles 1 in wide plus SA
Changes for next time:
- larger circumference for the forearm
- slightly longer sleeve overall (not counting the ruffles)
- less body ease, made it more full in the body than it needed to be
Info for users of Patternmaster software:
- Style: Casual shirt
- Sleeve: Tapered
- Collar: Band
- Ease: Chest 4 in, Waist 2.5 in, Hip 5 in
All-in-all, it is a keeper!
Thanks for stopping by, and keep on sewing!