Pattern making and converting an oversize henley nightshirt to a semi-fitted shirt
I have lots of nightgowns, but only a few shirts that fit me well. I decided to turn this oversize nightshirt that had been my Grandmother's into a shirt, shaped to fit me just the way I prefer. I liked the henley style neck and buttons of my Grandmother's nightshirt and wanted to retain these on the finished shirt.
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I didn't have a pattern of the sort of shirt I wanted, so I made one, based on two shirts (see pictures below) with elements that I like.
I made the pattern by mashing up the measurements and outlines of these two shirts and adding seam allowance. I then plotted these dimensions and drew lines connecting the dots on a large sheet of paper, eyeballing the curves between the dots. The paper was upcycled: it was the packing material from something that I had bought. I cut out the paper along my drawn outlines and then used my pattern to cut out a front, back, and sleeves from my grandmother's nightshirt.
The finished shirt looks more or less how I envisioned it. I didn't get the pattern 100% right in my initial cutting. The neck was too tight and the sleeves were too long. But I was able to fix these issues by sewing into the seam allowance a bit to widen the neck and using a very generous hem for the wrists; then I went back and corrected the paper pattern. I was satisfied enough with this project that I'm planning to use the pattern again, refining or adapting it further as needed.