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Nov 7, 2014

Panel Print Shirt Collar + I'M DONE!



The big job today was making a collar for my shirt.

I wasn't sure how to place the pattern.

I cut and, with pins, tested four different versions (including the solid version up top):







I ended up choosing the last one: it's dotted consistently throughout (much like the front button placket); it doesn't darken or lighten horizontally.  It was actually cut on the grain, while the rest of the shirt was cut on the crossgrain.

Remember, my original fabric -- I'd bought two complete panels -- looked like this:



I decided to make my inside collar stand dark to add contrast.



I used real mother of pearl buttons, whose color varies from oyster to dark gray.  These work perfectly with the fabric.







And now -- drum roll, please -- the completed shirt!  (click on pics to enlarge)

















I'll take some photos at tonight's party at Elliot Berman Textiles so you can see me wearing the shirt.  I still have a few hours to go but I need them: I'm pooped.  My cold has passed, however, so even though I'm weary, I no longer feel sick.

Miracle sewing cure?  It's possible.

Have a great day, everybody!

I call this shirt, "big city mud splash."

57 comments:

  1. Peter, I didn't think it would work with this panel print; I couldn't envisage it half light/half dark. But I'm blown away by the result! Beautiful work, as always! I look forward to seeing it photographed on you.

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  2. I love it!!! Happy you did it vertically! Great choice on the collar as well...and the buttons...couldn't be any better!

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  3. This is beautiful. My favourite of all your shirts so far.

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  4. Very handsome shirt! Looks like a very expensive designer shirt. Great work.

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  5. Fabulous. Just FABULOUS!!! 110% designer chic. You will look great!

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  6. I am so impressed! It's gorgeous and looks couturier! Oh and I just now noticed the green squares interspersed throughout.

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  7. The result is excellent -- very expensive-looking! You made really good decisions re. pattern placement and I especially like the collar stand idea. Mind if I call this the 'Confetti' shirt? Glad you're feeling better, too.

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  8. It looks very nice. Kudos.

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  9. This is such an amazing shirt!

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  10. Perfect collar choice. Great shirt. Each shirt just keeps getting better!

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  11. Oh My Gosh, your shirt is beautiful !

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  12. I'm with Michael ... my favoritist of your shirts yet. I really love what you did with the placement of the print.

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  13. er .... favoritest. If I'm making up words, I should at least go with proper suffixes. Suffi? ;-)

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  14. Wow! I love it. You have an amazing eye. And sewing skills to match. No one would believe that is "home made".

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  15. I think this is my absolute favourite of all the shirts you've ever made. This is quite stunning. I love your use of the border print. Nice work with the collar. I like what you chose in the end. I also like the half white, half print version. Awesome.

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  16. Shirt is fantabulous. Love it. Another winnah & still champeen. wear it well.

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  17. I couldn't wait to see this one because I've used the same fabric. I loved how you used it and the shirt is awesome!

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  18. Wow, this is gorgeous. I can't believe how quickly you just bang them out! Have fun at the event tonight!

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  19. Everyone has pretty much said everything I was going to say but I just want to chime in with a big ditto!

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  20. Only discovered your blog this week - this gorgeous shirt is a FAB introduction to your skill and style - I trust you will wear it with aplomb!

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  21. And it looks even more AMAZING in person!
    Lovely to see you tonight.
    I now realized I hugged you so I will have an Airborne Cocktail soon.

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    1. You too! I'm all better so not to worry!

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  22. Peter,it is a masterpiece. You are truly amazing.

    Terry

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  23. Fabu!! It's exactly as I hoped and envisioned it! I hope you made a big splash at the event.

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  24. I absolutely love this. It's such a unique and well made shirt. No one is going to have a shirt like this. Congratulations on another excellent shirt.

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  25. Love it a lot! I would not have thought of doing this with a border print. It really made what would have been a pretty run-of-the-mill design into an eye-catching and unusual shirt.

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  26. Such a pretty shirt to go out somewhere fun! Have you ever thought about making detachable collars? The reason I'm suggesting this is because I liked all the collar options you showed and I thought It'd be a good idea to have separate detachable collars for different looks. Great job!

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  27. Oh so classy Peter, you just keep on amazing us!

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  28. Looks fantastic! I'm looking forward to party pics.

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  29. SeamsterEast at aol dot comNovember 8, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Peter, you have a genuine "eye" for how things go together. Your sewing skills are top notch, but your "eye" adds dimensions to your work. Congrats. Have you considered moving into "coulture" garments for trhe carriage trade?

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  30. Great job! Your sewing skills are wonderful - inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

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  31. Absolutely gorgeously perfect.

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  32. I love it! What a wonderful addition to your shirt collection!

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  33. Oh my god that is so so good. You'll get a lot of compliments at the party

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  34. You're such a talented man, I love the shirts and other clothes you sew. I hope I will learn how to sew my own shirts too in the future. This print is gorgeous, exactly my style ;-)

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  35. You make me want to be a man so I can steal your wardrobe!

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  36. Best ever! You are talented and inspiring! I started sewing again just as you began, so I feel like we "grew" up together, in a sewing way;)

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  37. Wow! This is a beautiful! Where did you purchase the fabric?

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  38. Putting the ombre effect to the side was perfect. Love it!

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  39. Peter, the idea to use the panel fabric in a horizontal way is as simple as it is sheer genius... The end result is simply fantastic!! I totally love this shirt, and I wouldn't be surprised if there'd be some 'inspired by' creations out in the big world soon (I know I am tempted...)

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  40. This has to be my favorite shirt you've made ever. I'm insane for the fabric. Every choice you made was perfect.

    My son is just the size to start wearing some of the smallest men's clothes. would you mind suggesting what pattern you think would be good for me to start with. I'd love to make him a very standard shirt that would fit a tall thin boy well.

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    1. Becky, I'm not that familiar with in-print mens patterns. I know there are a few from the big 4 that many people have made -- maybe check Pattern Review? Sorry not to be able to help more!

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    2. There is not much out there currently in the big 4 or Burda that appeals to me. I guess that I was meaning of the ones that you've made yourself. I don't mind digging through ebay for a vintage. I was wondering which one of your shirt patterns do you think would fit a slim built male best.

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    3. How about something like this Kwik Sew (it's multi-sized)? It's slim cut and has a separate collar stand.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-KWIK-SEW-Mens-Shirt-Pattern-465-Chest-36-38-40-NOT-USED-/131342265447?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e949bec67

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    4. Or this Butterick on Etsy:

      https://www.etsy.com/listing/181297228/mens-shirt-collar-variations-and-yoke?ref=sr_gallery_11&ga_search_query=butterick+mens+shirt+pattern+36&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

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    5. This one's very cheap and looks cute:

      https://www.etsy.com/listing/156695311/35-off-sale-vintage-70s-mccalls-4347?ref=sr_gallery_7&ga_search_query=mccalls+mens+shirt+pattern+36+70s&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

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    6. You are such a dear!!! Thank you !!!!

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  41. That is one fabulous shirt! Designer-quality for sure but even better because the use of the print is YOUR design. Congratulations!

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  42. I want to say 'best to date', but there have been so many that have been SO good!

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  43. I love this! It's so unique and so fun!!!

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  44. That shirt looks amazing! Love the fabric!

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