Deep down I had a very good idea that Michael's Aladdin shirt was nothing more than a version of the infamous poet's shirt -- otherwise known as the pirate shirt, the Renaissance tunic, or -- as immortalized on TV's Seinfeld -- the puffy shirt. Also the caftan top. Granted, mine lacks ruffles, but the basics are the same: the oversized cut, the puffy sleeves, the bland beige color.
Readers, do you think any poets actually wore these shirts? I wonder. Wouldn't those oversized sleeves get all inky? When exactly did puffy shirts make a comeback -- the late Eighties/early Nineties? I've repressed all memory of them since having to wear one every day when I played Rancid Harry, the village leper, at the New York Renaissance Festival years ago.
Anyway, I'm almost done with my version. As you can see it's a big, slightly sheer, beige tunic.
Instead of using bias trim (see Saturday's post), I made decorative flat-felled seams on both front and back.
The front placket came out very nicely.
I used my June Tailor board to open up the collar seams -- I love that thing.
Monday evening and it's starting to look like a real costume!
Friends, do you abhor poet's shirts as much as I do? Do they have any redeeming qualities whatsoever unless worn under a brocade vest, ideally by Johnny Depp -- or better yet, Errol Flynn?
Do you agree with the MPB reader who sent me a personal email over the weekend telling me not to use muslin for the shirt because it was too boring? Would cotton gauze have made much difference? I mean, the muslin I used is pretty sheer and very drapey. And most of this shirt will be hidden under a vest, anyway.
In closing, did you or anyone you know ever wear a puffy shirt? Do you still? Be honest!
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