The Grenville Granville

Sleeveless Liberty Granville

This was my first time sewing with (and wearing) Liberty fabric and I’m in love. In fact, after sewing this shirt I promptly ordered a couple yards of the Hesketh print to make my birthday dress. This particular fabric is a tana lawn with a floral design by the artist Hugo Grenville.

I bought this fabric a year ago during a fabric.com sale with the intention of making a sleeveless buttondown shirt last summer. I’d used the Archer pattern for similar style shirts in the past, but I wanted this one to be more fitted. I played with drafting my own for a while, but the fit wasn’t right and the project ended up getting sidelined.

Last winter I finally decided to buy the Granville shirt pattern (again tempted by a sale). I hate making muslins but I knew it would be a necessity for this pattern, especially if I didn’t want to mess up my precious Liberty fabric.

Before I made the first muslin I started with a size 2 pattern and made the following changes:

  • Sleeveless adjustments (-1″ from shoulder line and -3/8″ from yokeline as detailed in this tutorial)
  • 1/2″ SBA
  • Slim hips by ~1.5″ total (Sewaholic drafts for a pear shape, which I’m not)

Then I made Muslin #1, assessed the fit, and made these additional alterations:

  • Petite adjustments – shorten by 1/2″ above bust (which fixed armhole gaping) and by 1/2″ at hip
  • Swayback – took out 1/2″ at both lower back princess seams

After I applied these to my pattern I made Muslin #2 and thankfully the fit was much better! At this point I forged ahead with my sewing, which was all pretty straightforward. I took my time with this make and tried to finish everything as neatly as possible. I did flat-felled seams, a twice-turned hem, and made self bias tape for the armholes.

Sleeveless Liberty Granville

Sleeveless Liberty Granville

Sleeveless Liberty Granville

Overall I’m really happy with the fit! The only slight problem is a dragline between the shoulder and the center front at the bust. It’s not super visible in these pictures, but it becomes more obvious if I do up another button. I think I must have over-fit something in this area. Any ideas what I should do to fix it for my next version?

Sleeveless Liberty Granville

Sleeveless Liberty Granville

I’ve already worn this shirt a ton and I’m totally in love with both the fabric and the style. I’ll definitely be making a couple more sleeveless Granvilles this summer!

And in other news, I got into grad school! I’ll be staying in Austin and attending the University of Texas to get an MS in Information Studies. I’m really excited even though I imagine it’ll cut pretty dearly into my sewing time. ; )

<3 Lindsay