Today I prepped the two fabrics I'll be working with next. I'm eager to get a head start because...
I have jury duty tomorrow! :(
I hate to sound like a bad citizen, but I'm not looking forward to it at all. I'm hoping I'll be home tomorrow by mid-afternoon and that I won't have to return Friday. Naturally, I'm also hoping not to be put on a trial. That would be bad news.
I laundered my linen and my cotton print and, on an errand that took me uptown, was able to pick up matching thread and a zipper for the pants at Sil Thread.
I couldn't decide which to start first, the pants or the shirt, but I ended up choosing the shirt; it's just easier. Except that this print intimidates me for some reason. It's very ornate. I'm having a hard time figuring out where to place the center front of the pattern.
I'll be using McCalls 3995, a vintage shirt and pants pattern from 1957. The pattern says it was designed by William Doniger, whoever that was; a Google search yields nothing but this pattern.
It's a nice pattern, though, with some interesting details.
I used it to make Michael a short-sleeve shirt about three years ago, out of a vintage cotton print I'd found at the flea market. It's one of my favorites.
I'm not sure if I'll cut the yoke on the bias or not. If I don't, it's going to be a PITA to match the pattern in the yoke with the pattern on the back; if I do, I don't think it's going to look very pretty: on the diagonal, the pattern looks weird. I'll have figure this one out.
Once I've overcome the challenges of the print, this should go together smoothly. It is, ultimately, just a camp collar shirt.
OK, time to iron my jury duty outfit.
Have a great day, everybody!
PS -- Anybody know anything more about William Doniger? (Apparently he was related to David Doniger, the founder of McGregor sportswear.)
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