Feb 13, 2016
Simplicity 4160, a camp collar shirt and vest pattern, dates from sometime in the early 1960's.
Why I had this pattern in a Size 42 chest I couldn't even tell you -- it must have been part of vintage pattern lot I won on eBay. As it turned out, this week I happened to need a Size 42 shirt for a client and I decided to muslin this pattern, but I ended up just making a real shirt with a vintage floral cotton fabric I found last year at a local street fair.
There's nothing unusual about Simplicity 4160. Even today, it's not a difficult pattern to find on Etsy or eBay. If you've ever made a camp collar shirt before, you'll be familiar with the construction. The final shirt is a few sizes too big for Michael, but he was happy to model it for me and even wore it to lunch with a friend. In retrospect I wish I'd made it in his size because he loves the fabric.
The background is salmon pink with crimson flowers and gray curlicues. It's pretty!
There's a wide facing under the two shirt fronts whose edges are folded under and stitched -- very standard. I always interface my facings (as well as my collar and cuffs) with a lightweight woven or knit fusible.
The shirt has long sleeves and single-button cuffs and, rather than a standard men's shirt placket, it has a continuous lap placket finished with bias.
I think the nicest feature is the collar.
I rarely add pockets to shirts but I decided on the single left chest pocket that's part of the pattern.
I'm not sure what I'll do with this shirt; maybe sell it, maybe give it to someone I know. I wear camp collar shirts, but mainly in the summer. I find a standard collar with collar stand more flattering.
Have you ever made a camp collar shirt for yourself or someone else?
Are you a fan of the style?
Have a great day, everybody!
(Watch me attach the back yokes with my Elna Grasshopper here.)