Friends, this is what I look like at 2:48 am. Not pretty but the tea is delicious (and if you squint I look like a gorilla in that picture, seriously). Perhaps due to the excitement of my flannel shirt project, I am up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep. I can't even blame the dogs. Happily, there's the blog.
The plaid flannel shirt is coming along well. I should finish tomorrow, I mean today. And now an endorsement. As you know, MPB is an ad-free blog and anything I recommend I genuinely use. I receive no compensation (if only).
But I am totally in like with my straight-stitch low-shank walking foot, which I purchased from Sew-Classic for about $20. This thing works well, fits my Pfaff 30 perfectly, and let's face it, half of it is psychological: I sew better knowing that I've taken this precaution; it's like a sew-condom. For $20, it's well worth it and you don't lose sensation.
And speaking of endorsements, after I mentioned blockfusing yesterday, clever Kiwi commentator Sherry put it in my head that I need a dry press, or a steam press, or an Elnapress, or -- well you get the idea -- and now I want one.
Question: Should I wait to stumble upon one at the thrift store for $4, buy a used one on eBay, or splurge for a new one on a site like Allbrands.com? I know ten anonymous commentors are going to try to talk me out of it, but I think I'd use this if I had it and could figure out a) where to store it, and b) where to use it.
I'm leaning toward a dry press since I really want it to fuse interfacing as opposed to pressing shirts. There's always the spray bottle if I need steam. I've read a lot of posts on Pattern Review about these and most people have very positive things to say about them.
Now back to the shirt. I have decided that one of my New Year's resolutions is to sew more slowly and carefully. I tend to speed through projects and sometimes the quality of my work suffers. I am trying to approach this flannel shirt project with more care and focus on getting the details right. Plus, let's face it -- plaid's a bitch and slows you down regardless.
So far, I like it. A few details:
Here's the left front button placket. Still haven't made up my mind about buttons vs. pearl snaps, though I'm leaning toward buttons.
I decided to do my facings in black cotton sateen. This is turned under and topstitched -- well, there's a tuck in there too but let's keep it simple.
I cut my back yoke on the bias and interfaced one side for a little more body.
I also used the black cotton sateen to make the inside collar stand. Here you can see it from the outside before topstitching down the outside collar stand.
I think it may be time for a men's shirt sew-a-long so I can discuss construction methods in greater detail. How much lead time do you think we'd need -- a month?
I have a (growing) file of pics of my shirt construction here, though with all that plaid and a fabric that has no right or wrong side, it may be hard to grasp what I'm doing.
Here's how things looked as of quitting time:
Next up is topstitching my sleeve plackets.
Friends, has this ever happened to you? I wanted to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich yesterday -- not something I often eat -- and I toasted my bread, a delicious sourdough from Trader Joe's and look:
I mean, honestly, no one loves yeast as much as I do, but isn't this kind of ridiculous?
I may have to flag down one of these next time it drives through town.
Rested readers, I must go back to bed or read or something.
In closing, do you own a walking foot and does it work for you? Do you own a press and do you love it/use it/want to donate it to me? If I did a men's shirt sew-along would you sew along?
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly 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!