This shirt pattern is originally a turtleneck, but I just don’t love the feeling of a turtleneck. I feel like I’m being choked! I know I’m not the only one.
Don’t get me wrong, the shirt is super cute with the full collar, I just wouldn’t wear it. So I lowered the neckline (but kept the other cute details!).
I also shortened the sleeves to 3/4s length to keep this top on one yard of fabric. The pink floral is French Terry and the white is DBP.
I really like that this shirt looks like a raglan, but gives you the more tailored look of inset sleeves. Plus, the trim pieces are so fun, and matching fabric pieces together in different ways can make the shirt look completely different.
Cutting and Assembling the Pattern
For this shirt, I cut both trim pieces the same as the original shorter trim pattern piece. Then I assembled the front bodice pieces per the pattern instructions, except mirroring the instructions for the first shorter trim piece.
Neckband widths are usually 1.5″ – 2″, so I cut mine at 1.75″ for this shirt. I cut the neckband and attached it when the instructions said to attach the turtleneck (after constructing the rest of the shirt).
Need instructions for lowering a neckline? I wrote a post for that HERE.
The sleeves are bell shaped. Since I wanted to keep this shirt on one yard of fabric, I had to shorten the sleeves, but I wanted to keep the bell shape.
To do this, I used my French curve ruler to find out the angle of the bell curve. I then held the the paper sleeve up to my arm to get an idea of how short to cut it. Then, I used the French curve to draw the same bell at the 3/4 length point.
If you don’t have a French curve, I think you could cut the sleeve bell off at the end, put it up higher on the sleeve pattern piece and trace around the curve.
Can you see the fullness in the picture below?
Well, there you have it, my modified George and Ginger Posh Top!
As always, let me know if you have any questions in the comments section below.