Today I whipped up (uh, I'm slow, it took me most of the day) another Now Shirt. This time I narrowed the front and made the adjustments I mentioned in my last post. I added 3" in length and shortened the sleeves by 1"
Here I'm wearing the collar unbuttoned, which is how I will probably wear it most of the time.
I love the finished seams on this top. Even the armhole seams are finished with French seams. I don't know how possible this would be to do with a regular set in sleeve, but this has a really shallow sleeve cap, which does make it possible.
I also like the way the collar is completely finished on the inside (with no hand sewing!)
I think the fit on this one is much better and I really like it. You can see in the picture below that the arms are pretty full, but not too floppy. I am not used to such a high neckline though, so I know I will probably never button the top button. I wear turtle necks and use scarves all the time, but for some reason, I just don't find a button up collar flattering on me unless it is unbuttoned!
A word about quilting cottons. You do not have to avoid them like the plague. I have found that there are certain brands that are usually of better drape and hand than others. Two that I have used successfully are Moda and Benartex. This one happens to be Benartex and has a super silky hand and nice drape. It is lightweight, almost like a lawn, but not as sheer. I really like it. This fabric is dark red, orange and purple. I wanted to use purple buttons, but tried 4 or 5 different colors of purple thread to make the buttonholes, and none of them looked right. I even made a trip to the fabric store to buy there "right" purple, but then when I did the sample buttonhole, I was not happy with it. I ended up doing the buttonholes in red, but still used the purple buttons.