I purchased the Aster pattern by Colette Patterns the moment they released it into the universe back in 2015. That image of the woman with the wide brimmed hat and crisp blue chambray button-up sold me. I could not get over the cuffed sleeves and the curved hem. If I had it my way, I would live in button-up shirts. Plus, V-necks are just magic when put on tiny torsos like mine.
Since this shirt was destined to be paired with black skinny jeans and Vans sneakers, casual chambray was the only option. I got this fabric from Fabric.com and I love it! The color! Oye! A perfect soft wine fabric dotted with baby white spots that are positively small and not too girly. The texture! So crispy fresh with a little give. You know, cool denim without looking like a denim shirt. We’ll call chambray the tender denim.
The instructions were wonderful. I didn’t really need to use the sewalong, although I had them in front of me just in case. You never know when something might look weird.
Two problems with construction.
- BIAS TAPE. For whatever reason, the bias tape was really small. Like, I’ve never made it that small before so finding the right size stumped me. I cut down bias tape from already purchased tape to 3/4″ and that seemed to workout.
- THE CUFF. I worked on that cuff origami for seriously four hours. There was something about how you wrap it around or whatever that blew my mind. Thank you to everyone who posted pictures of your Asters because I zoomed in and stared at your sleeves for what seemed like days.
Everything else was fine. Even the neckline! I thought the neckline instructions were pretty straight forward. The only thing I really messed up I somehow made the shirt uneven in the front. Who cares though!
Another thing I learned in this project is how to store your interfacing. Let’s just say I totally forgot about where I stuffed my pile of interfacing, and had to reach for the parchment paper to carefully iron it out. Yeah. It’s nicely rolled up in a cardboard tube now. Thanks, Internet.
Now lets talk fit. I changed nothing. HEAR THAT WORLD?! Sewed up a straight size 0. I didn’t even shorten it. For a moment when putting the sleeves together I thought my tiny arm wouldn’t fit through the even tinier hole, but everything worked out just peachy.
Two things I don’t like:
- I don’t like is how it stays puffed out. Now, I know it’s because of the stiffer fabric. And I have washed it a few times so it’s softened up quite a bit. As a matter of fact, I hated the top until I washed it twice.
- The neckline. Guys, it doesn’t lay flat. I too thought mine would be different, but here I am with a neckline that doesn’t quite lay on my shoulders.
Things I LOVE:
- The overall fit is great! It has the most forgiving amount of ease without looking dumpy.
- The neckline and hem make this shirt.
- The cuffed sleeves are adorable and a great length.
Colette Patterns Aster is a great pattern if you can figure out the cuffs and I think well worth the effort. I want to make it again in white rayon challis or in a navy rayon poplin. The front pleated version looks like a dressier version and would be super cute in a drapier fabric as well….like black silk. Ugh. With gold jewelry. Stop. It.
Not sure what to make next…I’m printing a pattern out as I’m typing right now, but not sure if I’m ready to commit to it yet. Happy sewing!! Thanks for reading!