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Dec 17, 2012

Pendleton Plaid Shirt, Version 2.0: Progress



I still have another day's work on this, readers, but I am liking this version of my Pendleton plaid shirt so much better.

As you can see, I've eliminated all those bias cut details from the first version: the button placket, the Western-style yokes, the cuffs, and the pockets.  This pattern is loud enough -- you do not need to see it on the diagonal, at least not in front.



Here's the left front button placket:



When I look at old photos of the first version, I get motion sickness.



I am hoping to finish this tomorrow since I just have another cuff, collar, buttonholes, and hem to complete.  But hey, it's no rush: I've waited three years to do this!  As you can see below, I had a lot of extra fabric left, and I'm glad I kept it all this time.  I ended up cutting new fronts, but re-using the old sleeves and back.  (The old fronts became the cuffs; I feel very thrifty.)



I also salvaged all the vintage buttons of course, which I'll reuse on this new version. 



Friends, that's all for today.  I hope your sewing -- holiday-related or otherwise -- is going well.

See you on the morrow!



11 comments:

  1. Much much better...my vertigo is clearing up now.

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  2. Looks like all of your Ken dolls approve as well. Dandy is what I heard them say.

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  3. Oh, this is really looking nice! It's very clean and uncluttered.

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  4. I thought that I liked it fine with the bias cut details. Now that I see it as you've remade it, it is so much better. You were so right.

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  5. That's so great! You just motivated me to pick apart an earlier failure and give it a second chance. It was a dress made from a great Ikat fabric but I didn't make a muslin since I started from my sloper, and the neckline turned out a smidge too low for me to feel comfortable in. I know I only have to cut a new bodice front, take the thing apart and reassemble it, but somehow it never happened.

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  6. Nice, I like the changes. Though I may have been able to live with the bias pockets. I'm just finishing up a plaid wool shirt myself.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/84380620@N03/8255299966/in/photostream

    Michael

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    1. Thanks Peter. I'm quite happy with the way it turned out. Now if I could just decide how long I want the sleeves and finish the cuffs. I have to say I'm lovin' on wool fabric at the moment, both to sew and to wear.

      Michael

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  7. Looks so much better. Can't wait to see the result!!!

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  8. Great save with those buttons!!!

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