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EF Knockoff completed

March 5, 2015

The shirt I was planning in the last blog post has actually been finished quite awhile – has been laundered twice. But in all that time there has not been a nice sunny day when I could take photos. Today there are a few fresh inches of snow, but the sun is shining brightly. At last!

Here is the glamour shot…

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You can see the sunbeam. Oh, joy!

The base pattern for this shirt was Ottobre Woman’s 5/2014 issue, style #18. It’s an oversized shirt pattern. My previous post describes the changes I made to emulate the Eileen Fisher original.

Since the topstitching thread matches the fabric, here are a few details to show that the shirt is not quite as plain looking as it appears.

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Showing the side vent, stitching at the base of the placket, and the hanging loop on the back yoke.

And here is a photo of me wearing it, sleeves rolled up one time.

EF Knockoff1Critique: Looks like I could use an FBA and will make that change when I use this pattern again. I purposely made my shirt shorter than the inspiration shirt, because the first time I made this pattern (original length) the proportions of the very long shirt just didn’t seem right at all. However, I didn’t pretreat my fabric vigorously enough, and it has shrunk a little from my intended length. Also looks to me like I should rotate the sleeve a little towards the front.

The Ottobre pattern is a good basic to work with for an extended shoulder, loose-fitting shirt. I’ll make my fitting changes to the tissue, because it is sure to get used again.

I’ve never done a knockoff before, so this was a different approach for me. Fun!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Becky Stannrd permalink
    March 5, 2015 4:49 pm

    I love your “Unzipped” projects and think this is a very successful knock-off. I have about 4 EF garments, all of which have stood the test of time. Unfortunately, EF is now pretty much out of my price range so knock-offs may be the answer.

  2. March 5, 2015 5:01 pm

    It would be lovely with a side bust dart next time to eliminate the drag lines and I like your little designer touches.

  3. marciae permalink
    March 5, 2015 9:40 pm

    Looks great. Good choice of fabric. The designer touches look great
    Marciae from SG

  4. Martha permalink
    March 5, 2015 9:48 pm

    Great shirt! I love all the details. Thanks for posting those pictures. Delightful!

  5. Anonymous permalink
    March 6, 2015 3:18 am

    truly,, all your posts are an inspiration! I like your style selections and information. thank you!!!

  6. March 6, 2015 2:27 pm

    Beautiful details!

  7. March 6, 2015 5:36 pm

    Perfect match of fabric and design, such a nice shirt.

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