With roughly one and a half yards of patchwork madras left after completing my shorts, what else could I make but a matching short-sleeve shirt (like the Brooks Brothers shirt above)?
I had barely enough fabric. For the first time ever I made a split outer yoke which helped me save fabric since I was cutting the yoke on the bias. The inside yoke is gray cotton shirting.
My pattern is my old standby, Butterick 4712, with a few minor changes.
To reduce bulk, since the wrong side of the madras is covered in crisscrossing straight-stitched and serged seams, I used my gray shirting to make my facings. My inside collar stand will also be made from this gray shirting as will, most likely, my undercollar.
Here's what the wrong side of the shirt looks like:
At this point I was attaching my (short) sleeves. I had originally intended to make genuine flat-felled seams on the armscye, but then I realized that with all those serged seam allowances, the seams would be extremely lumpy. So instead I simple serged the shoulder seam and stitched it down, creating a faux flat-felled seam.
From the outside, you'd never know the difference.
Here's how things stand as of the end of today:
Will I add pockets? Will I cuff the short sleeve? Will I add a button-down collar? Will I wear this with the matching patchwork madras shorts? Stay tuned!
In other news, I have laundered all my purple corduroy -- I didn't measure the yardage but goodness, there was a lot. My first purple project will be corduroy jeans and we'll take it from there.
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