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ITS Time to Sew Itch to Stitch Blog Tour: Overcoming My Fear of Mila

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My project is the Mila Shirt, which you can pick up today, September 17, 2018 for only $9.00 HERE!

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In my daydreams, my fall closet is full of Mila Shirts. Plaids and solids, flannels and textured shirtings...In reality, my closet is devoid of Mila Shirts for the most ridiculous of reasons: I was scared to sew it!

I don't know what it was, but something about that placket made me freeze up. Then there was the cuffed sleeves and collar all in a boyfriend-fit woven top with no bust darts. Well, enough's enough. It's time for me to get over my fear and get working on that Fall Closet of Mila Shirts!

My Mila Shirt

I know, I've gone ahead and spoiled the surprise ending by showing you my shirt already, but I just had to; I'm so happy with it!!

Pattern Details

For those unfamiliar with Mila Shirt from Itch to Stitch, it is a partial button-down woven shirt with a center front tower placket and a relaxed fit. Mila is drafted for cup sizes A-DD in sizes 00-20. The back yoke lays over the shoulder and the front is gathered in for a feminine detail on an otherwise classic-looking shirt.
You can choose a traditional collar, or opt for only the collar band, as I have done here.
The long sleeves are vented and finished with a narrow, one-button cuff.
There are optional sleeve tabs, so you can roll up and secure your sleeves.
In back, you find the expected pleat below the yoke...
  ...and a shapely shirt tail hem at the bottom.

Getting The Fit

I'm definitely Team Toille. (I always call it a muslin, but I really like the illiteration of Team Toille, so I think I need to start using that...)

Lately, the difference between my upper bust and my full bust has be coming in at 3.5 inches. That puts me exactly halfway between a C and D cup for Itch to Stitch. I started with a 10C, but like my Petaluma Dress from last week, it doesn't give me enough depth or length. I upgraded to a 10D and the whole shirt fit better.
I did feel a bit like I was swimming in this top, much like I do in my husband's shirts. I decided to shorten the tunic length of this one for a little more"relaxed" and less "boyfriend" feel. Here's what I did:
1. Shorten the sleeve 1.5 inches.
2. Shorten the entire bodice, across the chest/back, through the armhole (at the seam of the yoke/back) 3/4 inches.
3. Shortened the entire shirt between waist and hip by 3 inches.

Not So Scary Construction

The pattern instructions start you right off with my most feared task: constructing the placket. I was a good seamstress and remembered to shorten my placket and interfacing pieces the same amount as my front.
The instructions for the pattern are very detailed which made working through the process not nearly as intimidating as I had worked it up to be in my head. You are told where to fold, where to snip and where stitch. It is a meticulous process, but not hard. I took my time and ended up with a beautiful result!
 If I had to nit-pick I would say the point of my tower is slightly crooked.
But, I'm not going to say that because I can hear all of you shouting at me to shut my face because it's perfect.
It's perfect!
After that, I moved on to the remaining details, carefree.
My delicately bound sleeve vents.
So carefree, in fact, that I completely forgot I wanted the sleeve tabs until after I had already serged my sleeve seam closed and finished the vents & cuffs. I didn't even remember to transfer the marking from the pattern to the fabric. oops. 

I sorted it out with a make-shift technique of wrapping the paper pattern around the sleeve, holding them up and stabbing through both layers at the marking with a pin. I'm 90% sure I'm pretty close to where they should be, but I suggest taking the easy route and marking your fabric before sewing. 

All About The Fabric

Surely, you've noticed my beautiful fabric! I chose my fabric from Surge Fabrics, one of our Blog Tour Sponsors this year. 

This particular piece is the Plum Melange Poplin. It's 100% polyester with a great shirting drape. The color is super saturated and vibrant. My photos really don't do it justice. This 2-thread color, plain weave fabric comes in a vivid teal as well as a few neutrals like grey and khaki, if that's more your speed.

I pre-treated the fabric by washing and drying it with my normal laundry. It was colorfast and didn't shrink. It also doesn't really rumple, which is GREAT for me as I despise ironing after I've completed  sewing a garment.
Like most plain-woven fabrics, the Melange Poplin does like to fray along the edges. It wasn't a problem, though, and otherwise was very well behaved. I found it pressed nicely, especially if helped by a clapper. You do, however, have to pay attention to the heat on your iron. I tried to fuse my shirt crisp interfacing, which needs my iron all the way up, and ended up melting my first set of sleeve tabs. Pay attention to the manufacturer's recommended use!

However, I didn't even drop one F-bomb while twisting the fabric into binding my sleeve vents, and that's a small miracle.

Final Photos

I really love my Mila Shirt. My only regret is that I've waited this long to sew one.
If you love the look of Mila too, don't wait! Get a copy today while it's on sale and dive in. Join the Itch to Stitch Designs Facebook Group. Besides myself, there's lot of helpful ladies ready to cheer your project and help you along the way!
I feel like because of the fabric I selected, my Mila Shirt is very versatile. 
A longer Mila (maybe an inch or so) would be great to pair with leggings.
It looks good tucked all the way in with a skirt for the office.
Or untucked all the way with a knit pencil skirt. This one is the free Lindy Petal Skirt (which we all know by now is my preferred skirt these days...)
I'm a big fan of the partial tuck. Easy to do with the shirt tail hem. Here it is with my North Point Trousers from last fall.
And of course, probably the number 1 way I'll wear my Mila this fall: with jeans and sneakers! These are my Liana Jeans (skinny leg option).

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  1. Oh my goodness. I love this. I'm totally adding this pattern to my list... the color is great on you and you did such a great job!

    1. Thank you so much, Ronda! I'm gearing up to start Mila #2 next week.

  2. Hi Crystal,
    Your shirt looks absolutely beautiful! Mila has been on my sewing list for a while and now I know that it will be made in the nearest future. I am heading to the site to buy it right now! Thank you for the inspiration!

    1. I'm so glad you feel inspired! Please share your progress on it in the FB group so I can see!

  3. It is beautiful Crystal! Looks fantastic with your boucle fringe skirt.

    1. Thank you! I was so pleased to see the color match.

  4. Love your Milla! Now I must buy it too ❤️!

  5. I really want to try an Itch to Stitch pattern. Could you tell me what size seam
    allowances she uses?

    1. For the most part, on woven patterns there is a 1/2 seam allowance and on knits it is 3/8. Occasionally that's different, but it's always marked on the pattern or in the instructions. I hope you'll give Itch to Stitch a try, you won't be disappointed!

  6. Thanks for sharing the difference in the 2 sizes. Sometimes you just have to try them both to decide which is best.

    1. Apparently my new bras put me over into D even though the measurements are the same. Weird.

  7. Holy smokes Crystal this is perfection!!!!!! Beautifully sewn and I love the fit! Thanks for showing the difference between the sizes. I'm team toille too!

  8. Fantastic sew. Love the colour, the fit, and your description of the whole process.

  9. This is a lovely Mila!!! And right in my favorite colour. I've bought this pattern ages ago and felt not confident enough to tackle it...I've sewn a Bonn instead!!! LOL

  10. Awesome post. You amaze me. Always.

  11. I've wanted to make the Mila shirt for FOREVER! I love yours and the in-progress photos are so helpful!

  12. I'm also team toile. Love all the muslin and construction notes as always!

  13. Your Mila is beautiful! I love that fabric too <3 not being able to iron it on high sucks for iron in stabilizer but there is always sew in stabilizer. Having some some on hand might be a good idea. I need to add both this fabric and stabilizer on my sewing to buy list

  14. I love all the details you give about fitting, Crystal, it really cheers me up! This Mila is nothing short of perfect and the fit and colour are fabulous.

  15. Yours is fantastic! LOVE that color! Perfect for fall :) :)

  16. Looooove the fabric! I've been looking for purple linen with two-colours woven in. This one is perfect, and not so rumply, so would be fine for the colder part of the year. Looks great on you too. Thanks for explaining all your adjustments :) And yes, I remember doing a similar retro-fitting on markings, recently ....


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