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Dec 12, 2012

Color Block Shirt: New Slim Fit!



Was that a collective groan I just heard?  I know you're getting tired of looking at this shirt, friends, but think how I must feel: I had to sew the darn thing.

I made some tweaks today, however, and I wanted to share them with you.  First, I added vintage white plastic buttons to the front placket and cuff.  I think they look sporty.  The bottom one is just for show since the placket doesn't actually open down that far; two buttons looked like too few.  The cuffs also have white buttons, but smaller.







Then there was the question of fit.  Looking at those photos from yesterday's post, I realized that the fit was still a bit caftan-like.  I decided to take in the sides about one inch on either side.  The result is a much slimmer fit.

Before:





After:





Rather than just hem the bottom, I added bias tape made with what was left of my fashion fabric. Since I'll likely be wearing this casual shirt out (of my pants) most of time, I wanted a nicer finish.



This really is it, friends.  Of course, you might see me in my shirt tomorrow if I post pictures of this evening's Pattern Review party at Elliott Berman.  Or perhaps I'll spare you.

In either case, happy Wednesday, everybody!

20 comments:

  1. Terrific improvement on the fit, Peter.

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  2. Good choice on the slimmer fit. This shirt has turned out very nice.

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  3. I think the shirt is fabulous. I would love it. I've been following you for about six months now. Enjoy you a great deal. One question. Where do you find the time to do so much sewing. I love to sew but never seem to be able to find a lot of time. A shirt like that would take me weeks to complete. Thanks for sharing your life with us.

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  4. Oh, my! I love it! Fantastic detailing.

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  5. Nice job Peter. Congratulations
    Terry

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  6. Though I didn't comment, I think the shirt looks much better than before. White buttons were the way to go.

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  7. Your shirt looks great!!! Fabulous job!!

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  8. I thought it looked good before but I must say that the slimmer fit was definitely the way to go. Good call.

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  9. The slimmer fit was definitely the way to go. It looks great on you. Good job.

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  10. The bias-finished hem is a nice touch. The tapered fit is definitely an improvement. And I retract my previous remarks several posts ago about pattern-combining. You pulled this off. Bravo.

    Wish I could be at the PR event rather than here under a foot of snow in Minneapolis.

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  11. Your shirt looks great. I have to admit when I read an earlier post with sketches shown, I just did not think this was going to look good. Boy, was I wrong!!! I like this shirt very much and it is a great fit.

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  12. Peter, I love it! You really did a great job on the color blocking (so inventive) and the slim fit.

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  13. Nice modifications! The bias tape it a really nice touch...and the fit looks better on you now. I hope you DO post a pic from tonight's event!

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  14. I absolutely demand that you take and post pictures here tomorrow!! The shirt is even more striking with the streamlining....great job Peter considering the problems you had!

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  15. This shirt is my fav of everything you've made! Such clever use of the prints. And nicely made.

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  16. Your shirt looked even better in person. It was awesome to meet you last night. Can't wait to see what project is next.

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  17. Great Job,Peter! The tweaks were all good the decisions. The addition of the 3rd button on the placket was a smart move. You've inspired me to attempt some color-blocking of my own.

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  18. Much nicer fit, Peter! Before, the shirt was wearing you. Now you are wearing--and rocking--the shirt!

    Taja

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  19. The slimmer fit looks definitely better. I would have used real mother-of-pearl buttons myself, but that's just me. And no, why shouldn't you tweak? That's the point of making one's clothes: to have them the way YOU want them! And if a bit of tweakage is necessary to get them that way, then so be it!

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