OK, was I like, not supposed to post this fabulous photo recently uploaded to the Men's Sew-Along Flickr group just because it can already be seen on the blog of Canadian sew-alongette and Mom-of-adorable-boy-model, Sony?
Readers, I can't explain it. Ever since formally ending the Men's Shirt Sew-Along on Monday, shirt photos have been pouring in over at our Flickr group. Obviously reverse psychology, emotional manipulation, and veiled threats work!
Friends, my mind is beginning to wander. I've been sewing shirts for nearly three weeks now. It's not like I have ADD or anything, I'm just tired of thinking about men's shirts -- and I suspect so are many of you.
Friends, it may seem hard to believe, but we're now in the final portion of our Men's Shirt Sew-Along, which started February 1. I can't remember when we weren't sewing shirts together. Which reminds me -- Have you started yet?
Friends, unlike you, I can't talk about men's shirtmaking endlessly without the occasional break; I'm simply not a shirt-obsessive. With all the focus on our Sew-Along, I neglect to mention all the other exciting things going on. Since I'm wide awake at 3 am, I'd like to share a few of them.
Friends, one of the alterations I need on nearly every commercial shirt pattern I use is a sloping shoulder adjustment. See that big diagonal crease running from my left shoulder to my left armhole? You'll see it on nearly all my shirts, on both sides.
Friends, as our Men's Shirt Sew-Along, enters its third week, it's (finally) time to address fit.
As I've mentioned previously, the only shirt pattern alterations I'd made before this Sew-Along were to shorten sleeves and bodice length. Not that other alterations might not have been called for, I simply didn't know how my shirts should/could fit.
Friends, yesterday I discussed how to create a new facing and front button placket for the Negroni shirt pattern. We are turning the casual Negroni shirt into a traditional dress shirt. Now that you know how to draft your right front facing and left front button placket, it's time to address the collar stand and collar.
It doesn't seem possible but it's true: today the first part of the MPB Men's Shirt Sew-Along draws to a close.
Now I have a suspicion, judging from your comments (and lack thereof) that not everybody is at this point in their projects yet. Let me reiterate: no one is required to have a muslin done by today; you are always allowed to work at your own pace.
Long-suffering Sew-Alongers, we're nearly at the end of our journey. We've been through so much together, I can hardly wait to relive the whole thing with my real fabric! (We'll be drafting new facings and collar stand/collar too.) But first a few more steps.
Readers, leading a Sew-Along is often likened to parenting: there are some unpleasant truths that must be imparted and it's best to just state the facts. So truth #1: Sewing a shirt can be hard. Some of you realize this already. I wish this weren't so but there it is.
Like old age according to Bette Davis, Shirtmaking ain't for sissies, not that sissy is a word I would ever use. Wimps -- Shirtmaking ain't for wimps. So if you're still with me at this point this much is clear: you're not a wimp. I really should be raising children.
I hope you didn't think you were going to get the weekend off like on those other blogs. I suppose you'll expect me to sing Do Re Mi and put on marionette shows, too. (I would be open to a play clothes-from-curtains sew-along, however.) Let's focus, people!
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, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!