Hi, it is Miranda again from Inspinration. Last time I showed a small tutorial on adapting the pockets of the Denver dress. For this post, I sewed the Fairelith (aff link) shirt and this one pattern includes two very different looking tops. I sewed both versions, the swing bottom and fitted version, and although they give a very different look, they are both super quick to sew.
Like most of us, my body does not exactly fit any size table, but for sewing these Faireliths I actually did not blend. The pattern has excellent instructions on how to adjust the pattern to fit you perfectly, but I felt that for the particular shirts that I had in mind, I did not have to make alterations, and I am very happy with the result.
For the first shirt that I sewed, the red/blue one, I cut the entire project in my bust size, an L. The shirt is supposed to swing at the bottom and exact waist and hip measurements are less important in that case. Of course, if you want the pattern to look exactly as intended, you can totally blend between L and M, it is not hard. But in case you are a little bit nervous about making adjustments, the swing bottom version for me worked perfect in my bust size.
For the second version, the fitted green one, I actually went for my waist and hip size, size M and cut the entire project like that. A good quality knit is essential in the case that your chest is wider than the size table. The pattern listing states that the fitted version is perfect for tucking the shirt in your trousers, but I feel it is perfect as well outside of my jeans. Here again, the same comment as the previous shirt. It is not hard to adjust the shirt to be precise fitting, so don’t be afraid to blend sizes. I simply wanted to show the possibilities of getting two very distinct looks with one pattern, without actually changing the pattern.
The Fairelith pattern also includes long sleeves, so those make the pattern even more versatile. I am already dreaming of summer and spring, which is why I went for short sleeved versions. And, in the case that you do not own a Blank Slate pattern yet, by buying the Fairelith (or any other women’s pattern for that matter), you actually get the Blanc shirt for free, which has even another fit and look than these two Faireliths.
Fairelith is an extremely easy and quick sew. There are only four pattern pieces and the raglan sleeves and wide neckline make it even easier. The simpleness of the design makes the pattern perfect to show off some pretty fabric. In my case that usually means busy fabric. The advantage to such busy fabric is that small bumps in either your sewing or your body are almost invisible.