Apr 15, 2015
I saw this shirt, from Levi's vintage line, on Pinterest recently and I really liked it.
Doing a little online research, I discovered it could be purchased here for about $170. Since I have a lot of chambray and denim in my stash, I decided to see if I can come up with something similar.
I'm using this light blue chambray for the torso:
And this darker chambray for the contrast:
What's the difference between chambray and denim? You can find out here. I just learned myself!
The pattern I'm using is a recent eBay purchase, Simplicity 6955, from 1966 (View 2). I made a few adjustments, mainly to the back, including a sloping shoulder adjustment and the addition of a Western-style, shaped yoke.
Here are some of the pieces cut and pinned to my body form (I only leave them pinned like that for a few hours tops, not overnight, to avoid stretching.). Originally I was going to use a heavier denim for the contrast (visible in the pic below), but I realized it was too stiff and thick for a shirt.
I'm using this floral Liberty-type floral remnant for the inside collar, the inside cuffs, and the underside of the pocket flaps.
I did a stitching sample of topstitching and am opting for regular thread rather than thicker topstitching thread. I'm mainly using my Singer 201 for this project.
I didn't get very far today, but I'm hoping to have a finished shirt by the end of the weekend. Here's the front so far:
I realize I always feel more centered when I'm working on a sewing project; the cares of the world just fade away. Can anyone relate?
Have a great day, everybody!