The last time I ordered a pattern from Style Arc, their freebie of the month was the Maggie Shirt. It was on my list of 'do it someday' patterns. Then while reading sewing blogs I came across a version of Style Arc Blair Shirt or Dress that I liked on this blog Bombazine. I noticed that the silhouette of the Maggie shirt was very similar to the Blair so I had the bright idea of modifying Maggie into Blair, being on a pattern fast and all that. Well, I drafted a collar, added crosswise seams, decided to leave the back alone, made a collar that was too small, made an unwearable muslin, modified the underarm curve, shortened the edge of the sleeves, made the collar longer, straightened the curve of the collar stand then dug out some pretty blue crinkle cotton from the stash and made this shirt.
Yep, another loose top. The collar is similar to one on a Vogue shirt pattern from years ago V8689 which I used as starting point. It took a total of three collars and two stands but with lots of measuring and tryouts I ended up with a shirt collar that sits better than any I've made before with the amount of ease I want. Would it have been simpler to buy the Blair? Yes but I would probably have had to tweak the collar on that as well. This has more to do with my neck and shoulders than any pattern. Anyway I decided to see it through and I am glad I did.
The collar done up.
Will I use my version again? Probably, in some form or another... summer, winter, dress. But right now I feel like sewing something straightforward without too many modifications.
Edit: I traced off everything and left Maggie intact to try later. (In days past I would have hacked into the original and lived to regret it!)
Another Edit: All respect to pattern makers everywhere. True-ing one piece to every other is not easy!
Stash tally Project 2: Stash fabric used for muslin and for shirt, stash pattern and self drafted collar.