I've said it before, I'll say it again: drafting my shirt/top pattern block are some of the best minutes spend in my life. I'll have to do some size adjustments next time I want to use it but so far it has come in handy many times:
I wanted to recreate this H&M shirt (sorry for the crappy pic, the lighting in store was horrendous and I couldn't find it online); the thing with H&M shirts is that often they aren't cut on grain and the side seams start twisting after washing (not this one obviously, the pattern is straight) and too many people are wearing the same thing.
Long live individuality!
This is the mock up. I wanted to see how the sleeves would work out. Also- as I was hoping that it would turn into a wearable muslin- I did a pintuck detail on the neckline. It's essentially two pieces of pintucked fabric sewn together at a 90° angle and used as a bib. It also has a button closure (more a visual thing than a functional) at the back. To be honest, I'm not sure which version I like more, muslin or fashion fabric.
For the "real" shirt, I used some super soft cotton lawn with the perfect grafic, slightly retroest polka dot print. Also I'm really into the trend fall colors mustard and rust, so I wanted to incorporate them using mustard and golden buttons from my stash and bias tape that I pleated for the bib. And I added two pockets. Completely unneccessary but who doesn't love pockets (you can see them in the top picture)?
Here's where my pattern showed it's flaws. On the neckline is clearly some excess fabric that I'm not sure where it's coming from. As I didn't notice until I tried on the finished shirt, there wasn't much I could do, so I decided to just pin it to the side with a vintage pin and pretend that it's a draping detail that I intended. You wouldn't tell anyone, would you?!
That might have been the last sunny day of the year, I'm slightly worried about winter and taking pictures in decent lighting. The ones that came out blurry where shot in the more wooded areas of the park, I'll try to work on that.