This time I went with Simplicity/New Look pattern number 6598. It has a straight bottom, different sleeves, and a facing that flows into the collar nearly vertically. Now, the woman pictured is not on the actual paper copy of the pattern. That is a cute shirt on a cute girl. This blurry shot is of me wearing my shirt-- and too be brutally honest, I think it makes me look thicker than I already am.
I chose the same view to sew and went up a few sizes (I'm usually a size 10-12 on top but I sewed the size 14. It was a psychological hurdle, but I overcame it).
- This pattern calls for a tie in the back darts. (blech). This can be easily deleted
- There aren't any darts in the side seams (aka boob darts). This makes it easier to adjust while sewing but a bit less fitted.
- The sleeves are actually quite long. And so is the shirt in general. Longer than Miss Molly in the picture is wearing them anyway. And longer than the illustration would imply. (read: less flattering)
- The collar is very a lot easier to sew than the instructions make it out to be. There isn't any fussy hand sewing at the end which could ruin the whole shebang.
I think the best bit of news about this pattern is that if you follow it slightly out of sequence, you can do your own adjustments quite easily. Instead of sewing the darts in before you get started, leave them until the end. Go ahead and mark 'em out on the fabric with the pattern pieces and maybe do the back ones. Before you hem the shirt try it on and pinch the fabric in where you think it needs to go. You could also shorten it slightly all the way around so that it hits at the hip.
The next and final installment is going to be a combination of this and the last one, done in an entirely different fabric. Something fabulous and flowing and utterly flattering (read: something I haven't found yet).