Oh, the joys of sewing with luxury fabric! I mean, sure, a Ralph Lauren bedsheet is nice, but Liberty of London is a whole other animal.
From the minute I started ironing it I knew this was something special: the iron glided along the fabric's smooth surface like Santa riding a Norelco razor.
I decided to use McCall's 6890 for Michael's shirt -- the same one I used to make my club-collared shirt last month.
So how's it going, you ask? He likes it!
A few surprises. When I stitched a sample with my polyester thread (and readers, shame on me: I've been using serger thread in my sewing machine for months now) I realized it was too thick and coarse for this project. David Coffin recommends using fine cotton thread, so I hightailed it over to the notions store and picked up two cotton threads, one Gutermann and one Coats.
The Gutermann is on the right. It's a little bit finer, so I ended up using that.
I cut this very carefully, due to the pattern, which is directional (i.e., there's a clear up and down). And like a plaid, it also has to match side-to-side.
I'm proud of this button placket, which matches nicely.
Here's the collar:
I toyed with the idea of splitting the collar in two so the pattern would be perfectly symmetrical, but it reads fine; it's not like it's arrows or numbers that scream runs from left to right. (Does that make sense?)
By day's end I'd sewn the collar on:
So I should have this finished later today with a final "reveal" tomorrow -- perhaps a glossy spread with Michael himself!
I must thank Grace once again for sending me this beautiful fabric. (Grace, Grace, Grace..., right?) I bet a lot of you are sitting on some all-but-forgotten good stuff, huh? (hint, hint)
OK, kids, time to put the pedal to the metal...or is it the other way around, I'm never sure.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!