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 self-taught sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mainly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!