OK, I wouldn't wear this to a job interview, but then again, I'm not going to a job interview; in fact, I hope never to have to go to a job interview again. But that's beside the point.
I finished my pink linen shirt and I think it goes pretty well with my toile de Jouy pants, or at least, better than anything else I own. As you can see, I still have to hem these pants.
But back to the shirt. For some reason -- linen fatigue? -- I had more trouble with this shirt than I did with Michael's. I had to attach the collar twice, and cut two different ones, as the first one came out too long for the collar stand. What's that they say, Measure twice, cut once? It's true.
The bottom of the shirt has deep curves, and even though I tried my best not to stretch the edges as I stitched, I couldn't avoid those ripples.
Ironing doesn't help (much). I think I'll likely shorten the back hem, since it's a little long, and cut the curves less deep. This isn't the first time this has happened to me, but it's much more pronounced on a shifty fabric. You'll notice that I usually cut my shirt bottoms straight across, which is the way they're cut on the original pattern too. Maybe I'll just recut the bottom of this shirt straight and make life easy for myself.
This is the first time in a long time I've put pockets on a shirt. It's a nice touch, especially for a casual shirt like this one. These pockets aren't lined, just interfaced, since I wasn't sure I could line and turn them accurately given the shape, and they're right there on the front of the shirt.
What else? Nothing really. It's nice to be finished even though I'll likely tweak a bit here and there.
Oh, and I still need a belt...and a blue linen blazer!
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