I am cautiously optimistic about this shirt, readers!
Normally, I never wear shirts from cotton fabric this thick. But as the shirt takes shape, I am loving the result. The cotton is heavy, yes, but not stiff or cheap feeling. It's heavy like silk satin -- very luxurious.
The herringbone stripe, while subtle, is unforgiving: if the stripes don't match it's obvious (to me at least). It's also a bit hard on the eyes; after a few hours at the sewing machine, my eyes start to cross.
A few construction notes:
1. Despite being unfamiliar with this pattern's method of attaching the front placket (discussed in my last post), I was able to get a good result. I wasn't going to interface the placket given the thickness of the fabric, but I'm glad I did. It adds just enough extra crispness to be valuable.
2. For the first time ever, I attached a shirt pocket before attaching sleeves and collar!
3. The pattern is drafted with two balanced gathers in the back (below the yoke). I substituted a central pleat. Gathers are hard to press and end up looking shmushed -- is that a word?
4. The pattern calls for flat-felled seams formed on the outside of the shirt (see below), as opposed to the inside. I use this method only when I make jeans. I made my seams on the inside.
5. The instructions for the sleeve plackets used a method that was new to me. I did as directed and the results were fine.
I am hoping to finish my shirt tomorrow; cross your fingers.
In other news, I purchased some Calvin Klein T-shirts online last week and you would not believe the amount of packaging they came with. Do three T-shirts really need to come in a zippered plastic pouch? Am I supposed to store them in there between wearings?
Why is each shirt folded around a core of cardboard and taped closed? There were about ten pieces of tape per shirt.
So. Much. Waste.
I hope to find a storage-related use for that pouch. Any suggestions?
And that's it! I hope your projects are all going well and you're staying warm.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!