Happy New Year, everybody!
This week, after a few days' hiatus, I returned to the sewing machines. My first project is a shirt for Michael. I decided to use a Liberty of London cotton poplin that's been sitting in my stash since the summer (The pattern is called Glenjade, I believe). I've been in a pastel mood lately and this fabric suits me perfectly -- and it also looks great with Michael's coloring. I call this a floral though the pattern looks more like leaves. Who knows?
To make the shirt, I'm using McCall's 8908, which dates from 1984. I've made a few tweaks, like gathering the sleeves at the cuffs instead of pleating them.
Below you can see me trying to choose the best-matching thread I had in my stash. I ended up going with the orchid pink, lower left.
My contrast fabric is a cotton gingham left over from an earlier shirt project. I considered a few other fabrics but this one worked best; it really fits the mood of the shirt.
Speaking of orchids, the palette of the shirt looks like it was taken straight from the orchid that currently sits in our living room window. (Can you tell that there's a very faint diagonal visible in the fabric pattern?)
With the exception of the buttonholes, I made the entire shirt on my Elna Grasshopper. I love that this machine operates with a knee lever instead of a foot pedal. I hate hunting for pedals with my foot (not to mention the hassle of having to take my shoes off). Below I'm edgestitching a shirt cuff.
In my current method of shirtmaking, I complete my cuffs and collar/collar stand separate from the rest of the shirt. I attach them toward the end of my project.
The shirt's not done yet but I tried it on next to the orchid. Time for a shave!
These grayish plastic buttons from my stash looked perfect with my fabric. I realized only today that they have a bit of a faux-wood-grain thing going on.
You'll get to see Michael in the shirt next week, plus a whole lot more sewing in the weeks to come.
Once again, Happy New Year everybody and Happy Sewing in 2016!
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!