I’ve been eyeing the Gable Top by Jennifer Lauren Handmade for a really long time and finally got the pattern during the Thanksgiving sale. Once again, I picked out the wrong size and really struggled to get this shirt to work. But now that it’s finished, I LOVE IT.
I started the shirt in December before I went home for winter break. I very meticulously cut out the pieces so that the stripes would match. Sewing everything together initially was a breeze. I used my serger and serged the sleeves to the body and then serged the sides seams closed. And then I tried it on and it was so big. From what I understand, this shirt is supposed to have negative ease. I had intentionally picked size 10 so that wouldn’t be quite so tight but it ended up being WAY too loose! The sleeve was so big and it just looked sloppy. It was so upsetting and frustrating and it basically took away all of my sew-jo.
Fast forward 3.5 months and I still hadn’t completed any sewing projects. Fitting things is one of those things that takes away all of my motivation to finish a project. I finally decided I was just going to sit down and finish it. I ended up taking the sleeves in almost an entire inch and then a little bit out of the bust area. I’m fairly happy with how the shirt fits with these changes. See diagram below.
I had originally intended on having a long sleeve shirt but I messed up with the twin needle hem (stitch size was too small, silly me!) and then ripped the fabric while unpicking the stitches. I ended up just turning it into a 3/4 length sleeve which is fine by me because it’s actually WAY CUTER. I hemmed everything with a twin needle and the stitch length set at 4 or 5, which ended up being perfect. YAY! Win!
My favorite thing about this shirt is the “THIS IS THE BACK” tag from Kylie and the Machine. I put it on my secret santa wishlist with the note: “I REALLY WANT THIS” and my dear college friend secret santa got me the tags! I am so excited to have the tag because the front vs. back is virtually indistinguishable for this shirt so this is super necessary!
I got this fabric from La Mercerie during their Thanksgiving sale. I got two yards, which was definitely more than enough. I’m hoping I have enough to make another shirt from it. This fabric is AMAZING and SOOOO soft. I hope I have enough to make something else out of it because it is amazing and I want to wear it all the time!
Start date: December 13, 2018
Finish date: April 1, 2019
Fabric: 2 yards of tencel jersey from La Mercerie $24
Pattern: The Gable Top from Jennifer Lauren Handmade during the Thanksgiving sale $8.40
Notions: White thread
I really like this shirt now that it’s completed! I’ve worn it many times in the past two weeks. I love the neckline of this shirt and would love to make it again.
Notes for next time:
1. Remember to increase stitch length for hems + tacking down the neckline.
2. Go down a size (to size 8) in the sleeve/bust area but grade to the current size 10 for the hip area. Also, shirt is WAY too long so just trim 2.5 inches off the bottom.