V1389: Accidentally Underdressed Part II

Revised August 1 2017

It took me so long to make up the shirt from this set that not only is this pattern out of print, it’s not even listed on the website anymore. Oops. Also this means that if any of you like and want to make this … you’re out of luck. Sorry.

I actually originally bought the set for the skirt, which has some very cool seam lines on it, but this winter I found myself in need of long-sleeved shirts. Now, if you are like me, the word “need” comes to have a very ambiguous definition for sewing projects. Like: “I ‘need’ to find a jacket pattern to make up the felted black wool I picked up downtown on a whim,” or “I ‘need’ to find a lightweight jersey with a bit of body so I can try that jersey dress from this month’s Burda.” Or, more recently, “I ‘need’ to find some brightly coloured wool crepes so I can make up some skirts like Mia wore in La La Land.” Noneย of these would pass the global-issues sniff test, and I wince a little every time I catch myself thinking anything like them.


All of my previous year’s long-sleeved shirts were loose and drapey. And then last year went and did it’s I’m-2016-I’m-going-to-make-you-cry-uncle that we’ve all enjoyed so much. And I lost my appetite and a bit of weight. So last year’s “drapey” and “loose” became “looks like a five-year-old dressing up in mom’s clothes.” (Along with a few of last year’s pairs of pants, necessitating a new pair of Style Arc Jasmine‘s, but you don’t want to see another one of those, do you? Suffice it to say that it’s grey and it fits.) On a “need” scale this isn’t “I haven’t eaten in three days” but at least in a first world context it is somewhat legitimate.

So, after my recent sequin adventures and a black skirt that is in the blogging queue, and a long-sleeved shirt for my daughter who also has an unaccountable need to put on clothing that fits and is appropriate for school every day, it was time to do something about this. Shirt #1 was Yet Another Renfrew, and again, you don’t need to see another one of those. It is a purpley blue, long-sleeved, and I’ve finally altered the front pattern piece so that it fits properly, which just goes to show that buying a pattern from a company that specializes in patterns for pear shapes is not the smartest thing to do when you are not a pear shape, no matter how nice the pattern is.

It’s pure coincidence that the colour matches the pattern envelope.

This is basically a raglan-sleeve t-shirt with a very wide neck band and a wide neckline. In terms of construction it is completely uninteresting, except for the neckband which has to be stretched out to its fullest extent while attaching to the shirt in order to lie (mostly) flat when worn. I made this a bit easier on myself by first basting and then serging.

When on the hanger, there are gathers along that seam that largely smooth out when it is stretched out on the body. However I do find that that neckband really wants to contract and it won’t stay as wide as it is supposed to according to the pattern drawing. I also find that some of the gathers remain on the back of the neck, but I don’t much care as that’s covered by hair anyway.

The Back. Gathers not visible, but everything else is.
The Back. Gathers not visible, but everything else is.

Overall it’s a fun pattern with some interesting details that make it a bit different–I mean, check out that side seam:

What looks like a seam on the back is actually the side seam
What looks like a seam on the back is actually the side seam

Such a small thing but a nice touch.

Dear god.
Dear god.

But I somehow doubt people are going to be paying much attention to the side seam because holy hell is it snug. There is nothing left to the imagination. This was supposed to be a shirt for work–and it probably still can be, if worn with a roomy skirt and a cardigan or blazer. Or I could go for broke and wear it with that front-split burda skirt I made in the summer and get myself sent down to HR.

It is a cool pattern, though. I’ll probably make it again, and maybe give myself just a smidge more ease.

After wearing it a bunch in the winter and spring, an update:

The neckband on this version does not stay flat. I am constantly pulling at the shoulders and sleeves to get it back to where it’s supposed to be. Particularly at the back of the neck, it is always riding up and needs to be tugged back down.

Which means that, despite how snug it is, it is actually not snug enough for that wide flat neckband. Version number two solves a lot of these issues, and you can read about it in this August post.

Be warned that this is a shirt pattern that does not work without a *lot* of negative ease, so if you aren’t a fan of tight knit t-shirts, this is not a pattern for you.

16 thoughts on “V1389: Accidentally Underdressed Part II

  1. While I can understand why you may want to style it carefully for work, I think it looks great on you! The color is lovely and versatile, too. What type of fabric did you use? Inquiring minds want to know! (Although maybe you said so in the post and I missed it somehow?) This pattern is on my “To Sew” list just for this top, so thank you for sharing yours; I’ll definitely have to check the ease when I get around to it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. I think I forgot to mention the fabric type–it’s bamboo jersey with a *lot* of stretch and recovery. You need something pretty stretchy to make that neckband work.

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a fun pattern for sure and I can’t really say that the cover art misrepresented the fit.

  2. I hate that ending the relationship with DK/DKNY meant everything had to come off the website! How ever will I look up fabric requirements?? Actually go and pull the envelopes?!? Ugh. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    And I read the title as “accidentally undressed”.

    It’s a great top in a great color!!!

    1. lol I know! So inconvenient! And how are we supposed to link to pattern photos for blog posts, I ask you?

      And accidentally undressed isn’t necessarily inaccurate given how it turned out. !!

  3. For wearing without a jacket, may I suggest a different bra? Go one or two shades lighter in the bra color. Or buy a camisole in the same color as the shirt, and wear it as an extra layer over the bra.
    Or sew in a cami panel?

  4. I bought this one for the shirt but haven’t made it–bad. My favorite thing about the Donna Karan designs was interest from the sides. Even in a tee it’s like a 3D design viewable from all angles. But I shouldn’t buy Vogue knit patterns as I’m always hesitant to try them. Other brands I feel like fit is predictable even if that’s predictable tweaking, Vogue can be too tight, too loose, incredibly long waisted and it’s hard to anticipate when the fabric will smooth over or exacerbate. But that said, you really did make the envelope picture–a skin tight base layer for the other pieces. The jacket with faux-lapels is pretty cool too, I’m sure I’ll never make it, but you’re inspiring me to make the shirt and maybe saved me a muslin, too–thanks!

    1. I really loved her patterns and was so sad when they ended the partnership. She always had the best designs. I think I own most of them.

      I strongly recommend measuring the flat pattern pieces and comparing to your measurements before deciding on a size for sure.

  5. That is a very sharp and professional outfit. I, too, noticed the bra line – I solve that problem with a slippery fabric undershirt, mostly.
    When I worked in HR, if you had been sent to me I would have sent you back with a sharp note to whomever turned you in.
    I figure, if you’ve got it, show it off.
    Holy cow, can you ever fit.

  6. The fit is so danged good! I love this outfit.

    I intermittently kick myself for not buying up all the DK/DKNY patterns on sale, but fitting them with all the design lines was kind of intimidating…

    1. Thanks Morgan. ๐Ÿ™‚

      The fit in the back is actually not great. It’s ok, but I didn’t shorten it enough. I will next time.

      Yeah. Fitting the skirt I think is going to be a challenge, but I haven’t found a stretch skirt fabric worthy of it yet anyway, so I’ll just keep procrastinating.

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