Ding, Dong, the Shirt is Done!
I am happy to say the linen border print shirt I made for Michael is finished. And he likes it!
I love this print -- it's summery and fun without looking like a Don Ho hand-me-down. (In truth, it reads vaguely Scandinavian to me -- or Japanese (Etsuko Furuya.) The texture and weave of this linen is very much like a super-soft, lightweight chambray.
The collar went on this morning without too many headaches. Collars are probably the most challenging part of making men's shirts and the technique I always use is one I learned from the Margaret Islander video, Shirts, Etc. First, you attach the collar to the outside band, and next you attach the inside band to the shirt itself. Finally, you attach the two bands to each other, right sides together (with the collar sandwiched in between) along the top and flip the outer band over, topstitching along the bottom of the outer band. I covered this technique in my Men's Shirt Sew-Along last year.
|Collar attached to outside band.|
|Inside band attached to wrong side of shirt.|
|Stitching bands together, with collar in-between.|
|Outside band flipped to the right side of shirt and ready to be topstitched down.|
The finished collar looks like this:
As promised yesterday, here are my French seams along the torso and sleeve:
We decided to use multicolored buttons in purples and pinks from my vintage button stash. Cute, right?
My work is done and I think it's time for a nap. There's enough fabric left for some drawstring shorts for me, I think, but first, my next project -- a vintage Seventies Ocean Pacific shorts knock-off in lavender corduroy!
You can see more pics of my linen border print shirt project and the blue-eyed model here.
Happy Friday, everybody!