Good news, readers: the dress form fever has broken! I no longer feel the urgent need to acquire one.
This was helped by the fact that the Craigslist seller with the men's 36 Royal form never called me, for which I'm actually grateful. I may get a dress form in the future and I may not. I'm definitely not wrapping myself in duck tape, however -- ick.
Moving right along, one thing I've learned over the last few years is that if I buy fabric at the flea market and don't use it right away, it's likely to be forgotten. That's why I decided to use the gray cotton print I found yesterday for $5 (up top) right away. Plus I like it!
First, I hand washed and air dried it. I no longer machine wash my shirts, it's too hard on the fabric.
I decided to make another short sleeve shirt using Butterick 4712, but this time adding the covered front button placket from Vogue 8889, which I think is very elegant.
The covered placket also allows the unusual print to be seen without the distraction of buttons. If truth be told this is not quite the original layout of the print but I managed to make the two sides work as if it were. That took time.
I flat-felled the armscye seams and will probably flat-fell the side/sleeve seams too.
I was a little concerned at first about the scale of the print -- those flowers are rather big for a shirt -- but I think it's OK, especially for summer. Here's the back with the sleeves attached (but not yet hemmed).
I'm done for today (I think) so tomorrow I'll make the collar and stand, button holes, and everything else. It's certainly not a shirt you'd see every day, right?
With that, readers, I bid you adieu. I'm bushed and I still have so many episodes of "Petticoat Junction" to go before I sleep. Did I tell you I'm now the proud owner of the entire first and second seasons -- 74 (seventy-four!) episodes total? Michael doesn't find it nearly as entertaining as I do, but I've managed to coerce him into watching a few with me. Wine helps.
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