by Diva Ann, GorgeousThings
I just finished making the latest version of HotPatterns’ “Great White Shirt”. I had made a version of this in its first incarnation, and had bad problems with the fit through the sleeve. The bodice fit fine, but the sleeves had huge diagonal draglines from the shoulder to the middle of the upper arm. The draglines went toward my torso. I took a picture of the original sleeve pattern and the muslin I made with it:
Note the flattened sleeve cap and the major drag line, even though the shirt is not closed on the mannequin. It was essentially unwearable. I sent a note off to Trudy, designer of the HotPatterns line, and she responded by redrafing the sleeve. Here’s a picture of my tracing of the new pattern and the resultant garment on the same form:
What a difference it makes! All the draglines are eliminated and the sleeve cap fits me perfectly out of the package. Now I know some of you who read this post have extensive pattern drafting expertise. Not me. I’m a rank beginner, and I’m just now able to appreciate what pattern drafters do. What really impressed me, other than the fit of the new sleeve cap (which has very little excess ease, by the way) is the speed with which Trudy and the HotPatterns team responded when this problem was pointed out to them. I wasn’t the only one to notice this, I’m sure. They turned right around and fixed the problem, then sent out the revised pattern to everyone who had received the first version, at no charge to their customers. That is the kind of customer service that makes me want to buy from them again and again. And I will!
You can see the complete review of this pattern at http://www.patternreview.com