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Nov 14, 2014

My Wild Wool Challis Shirt!



Readers, my internet service is back AND my shirt is done!  You can view me modeling it here.



Let me be the first to say it: this print is garish.  It's not my usual style.  Yet I'm drawn to it nevertheless.  I don't know why.

(Male + pattern + boldness?)

I think a classic gingham or solid shirt in a soft color is more flattering on me -- maybe it's my age or my coloring or some undefinable something.  Yet I love my wool challis shirt and I do think the dusty pinks and beiges complement my complexion.  Perhaps it's best worn with a cardigan or something to balance the bold print.  If you have styling ideas (please don't say hooded rain poncho), please let me know!

Meanwhile, I have rekindled my love for my Singer 66 treadle.  Expect more videos of us in the near future: topstitching, maybe ruffling, or just wandering together through a field of wildflowers...

Have a great day, everybody!

25 comments:

  1. I've come to the conclusion that I'm loving nearly everything '70s. This shirt is sexy, flattering, very eye-catching, the pattern placement is excellent, the colors are indeed flattering, it fits well, the match of shirt pattern and fabric really works (straight hem, for example), and, of course, it's well-made. Believe it or not, of all the shirts you've shown us, this is my favorite. And on a 66 treadle, no less. I'm really impressed.

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  2. It's fabulous, and I love how it looks on you,
    Jeannie from Seattle

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  3. The shirt is beautiful and the print looks really nice on you, the 70s style suits you so well, and, as said above, well-executed pattern placement!
    The only thing: it makes you look a little pale, but only just a bit. Works perfectly with the hat, I think.

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  4. Fabulous shirt. Looks great. The print is fun fun.

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  5. Definitely YEA! You wore it well:)

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  6. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME
    Everything about this is fab, (incl the model)

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  7. Those colors are amazing on you.

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  8. oh, the colors really DO suit you so well and I don't think it's garish at all. Your last few shirts have just been stunning

    Love that you sewed it on the treadle - did you feel antsy sewing so slowly or was it meditative? I like sewing slow, but the treadle seems sooo slow =)

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  9. Peter,

    You have an exceptional eye for seeing not only potential, but the best version of potential (the whole treadle thing just catapults it to "legendary").

    With awe in my craw,

    Testosterone

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  10. Your pattern placement for this design was inspired. The colors are wonderful for you. This shirt makes me happy.

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    1. Yup yupyup. It's so out of your usual, it's wonderful. And the faces are PERFECT

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  11. You are the most professional shirt maker out there .... and it looks modern ... and not 70's disco like you thought it would ... you are right why men don't wear wool challis is beyond me ... TOTAL INSPIRATION

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  12. The fabric is beautiful and does suit your colouring. Love it!

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  13. I wasn't sure it would work but you pull it off beautifully. Your pattern placement is excellent which is why it works so well IMO. I could definitely see a shirt like this in a cool trendy shop in the Shoreditch area of London.

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  14. This is a lovely shirt. And isn't wool challis nice to sew?

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  15. The shirt is gorgeous!

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  16. I love my hand crank 201k with a passion, and would happily wander through a field of flowers with her. Just me, her, and the wheelbarrow to carry her in.

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  17. I meant to say: lovely shirt. Beautiful work, as always!

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  19. If you are going to do ruffles, have you ever thought about a period piece,

    THE POET SHIRT
    with a cravat

    I love them in a gauze linen material to wear in the summer on a dry warm day with a breeze .. nice pair of shorts .. some great cheese and wine. there are some really great history vintage recreation patterns out there by laughing moon and others

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  20. Ha, I love it and how you placed the face on the sleeve is great. I miss my treadle parts to my machine. After moving many times and it being the heaviest part of the machine I ditched it and kept the top : (. It works great as a hand crank but I do miss the foot treadle cause its soooo fun and faster.

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  21. I love your shirt! Narrowing the collar was just what it needed to keep it out of the campy camp. Pairing it with a more color coat keeps it grounded. Beautiful work.

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  22. I really like the way you cut the print. The way you did it, it flows instead of ending up a jumbled mess which is all too easy to do with this kind of print.
    Just love your shirt! Love the pop of lavender in it, too.
    Great job!

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