Last year for Mother’s Day, I made my mom a floral purple tank top. This year, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to see my mom in person for Mother’s Day, so I had to up the ante. This shirt is a sleeveless version of the Granville Shirt by Sewaholic Patterns.
It came to be a little differently than any of my other projects to date. One day, late in the semester, I couldn’t take any more reading or writing, so I started browsing sewing kits on Craftsy. If you’re not familiar with them, basically, they make it super easy for you by selling you a pattern and accompanying fabric all in one package. I came across two kits with Sewaholic patterns that I couldn’t resist. This project is the result of one of those. The other is a Yaletown Dress, which I’m almost finished making.
When I saw the fabric on my computer screen, I immediately thought of my mom. It just looked like something she would wear. It is a Robert Kauffman 100% cotton print, that feels amazing. Buttery soft. Much more high quality than I normally buy.
I’ve also been meaning to test out the Granville pattern for a while. I already have the Archer button-down in my pattern arsenal (see here and here), but my mom and I are both typically into more fitted shirts. This pattern seemed like it would be a nice complement. I am happy to report that it is!
I made a straight size 2, with no adjustments. This was a little scary as 1) I’ve never made this pattern before, 2) it has a lot of top stitching that would be a pain in the patootie to pick out, and 3) I didn’t have my mom here to try the shirt on in-progress. Fortunately it all worked out, with very minimal unpicking!
I followed Sewaholic’s hints at how to make this long-sleeved pattern sleeveless. Tasia actually points you to a tutorial by another independent designer (the designer of the Archer in fact). The directions are easy to follow, and the shirt turned out great. All of the exposed seams are serged and then top stitched down. The armsycles are finished with bias binding.
Since I made the sleeveless version of this shirt, but ordered the kit intended to make a long-sleeved shirt, I have about two yards of fabric left over. I’m taking suggestions on what to make with the rest.
My mom reports that she loves the shirt, and that it fits “beautifully.” Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!