Not a whole lot to report on this end, I'm afraid. I cut my shirt fabric yesterday and started stitching. I'm using my tried-and-true vintage shirt pattern, Butterick 4712, but this time incorporating a sloping shoulder adjustment. I hope that turns out well.
The fabric, which I believe is cotton lawn, is rather sheer and loosely woven and can stretch easily. I'm staystitching in the obvious places (like the neckline) and trying to limit handling. Originally I had planned to do the whole thing in lavender, but today I'm thinking of doing the collar and collar stand in white to give the shirt a little zing.
I have some soft, white cotton (lawn?) left over from a collarless shirt I made last summer, roughly the same weight and quality.
I get a lot of wear out of the shirts I sew -- Michael even more so. I hardly ever wear knit shirts anymore. I find them uncomfortably clingy in hot weather compared to a cool, crisp, woven cotton shirt, and I never feel well-dressed in knits.
Here's how things stand as of yesterday:
I don't think I'll finish this shirt today, but hopefully over the weekend. I'm still not sure if I want this to be long sleeves or short (which is so much easier).
Michael and I saw a fantastic HD filmed version of Stephen Sondheim's Company starring Neil Patrick Harris at the movie theater last night -- truly wonderful. (Oh, and Jon Cryer from Pretty in Pink was in it too -- eerie!)
I go to the movies about once a year if you can believe it, so this was a very special experience. There are some things that one can't entirely appreciate on a 13" computer screen, I must admit. Do you still go to the movies? I can't stand the commercials and the films generally have a visual (and aural) intensity that stresses me. I'm also not into guns, explosions, car chases, bathroom humor, or animation. What's left?
Readers, I'm eager to get back to my shirt project as I don't have much time for sewing today and I'm most alert in the morning and early afternoon. I rarely stitch anything in the evening that doesn't have to be ripped the following morning.
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