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Oct 5, 2016

Peter Models the Completed Chalayan Knockoff!


Readers, my Hussein Chalayan cotton poplin knockoff is finished!

Check out the entire photo shoot here!

This shirt was really fun to sew.  At its core, it's a basic dress shirt but the design had enough challenges to make it interesting.  (As you know, most men's shirts tend to be pretty much the same.)


Sewing white garments is always a little stressful and the mercerized cotton fabric was so tightly woven that every little pinprick left a mark (and I was using fresh, super-sharp pins).  I couldn't use pencil or chalk because those would have left visible traces on the fabric.  When I wear this shirt out in public I should probably wrap myself in clear plastic.

In closing, I hope I haven't offended Hussein Chalayan by knocking off his shirt.  Imitation is the highest form of flattery, right?  Whom can I knock off next?

Have a great day, everybody!

32 comments:

  1. This is the coolest men's shirt! Wonder how the panels would look on a woman's body.

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    1. I wondered that myself but being larger chested with hourglass shape, I think it would flare out too much on the the bottom and have a completely different effect. However, someone with a size A cup and less curvy body would look right

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  2. SeamsterEast at aolOctober 5, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    Excellent!

    Question?? Would pulling in the waist by a quarter inch each side have added or detracted from the effect?? I dunno. Jes thoughting out loud.

    That is one fine looking shirt. Congrats!

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  3. Wow, that is some seriously beautiful work. Chalayan himself would approve. I so admire your collars.

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  4. I like that shirt. It's sort of like a regular shirt, but with a twist.

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  5. I fucking LOVE this on you - and I don't like the fashion photo at all! This is not a knock off. It's an homage.

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  6. Not only is this freaking AMAZING, but you are the perfect model, as always.

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  7. More than a knock-off, it works on YOU. And not only does the shirt look crisp and clean, so do you: that close shave complements the look perfectly. I'd love to see you wear that shirt with some black velvet cigarette pants and brown double monk straps.

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  8. Oh my goodness, words fail me. Interesting style detail, and your collar and cuffs are divine! As others said, you are the perfect model!

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  9. Your work is beautiful, as usual. I love seeing what you are making.

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  10. Fabulous shirt and your work is amazing! I think I may need to knock this off for me.

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  11. Stunning workmanship! It looks amazing on as well.

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  12. Peter, what a cool shirt. Your workmanship on it is impeccable. It looks exactly like your inspiration - fabulous job! You are amazing.

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  13. You were made for this shirt! ...and vice versa! Your confidence shows thru in the photos, and you look sexy as hell! ;) Great job, Peter!

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  14. The shirt is fantastic!

    You wrapped in plastic...well, (pause) I'm looking at you differently now.

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  15. As the comments reflect, an astonishingly successful choice, fine tuning, and execution. Bravo.

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  16. Beautiful--and you work so fast!

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  17. Stunning! You are an awesome sewist. Thanks for posting. I love your blog!

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  18. Beautiful shirt; you did a terrific job.

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  19. Excellent!! So good looking. What IS next?

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  20. Homage, darling, not 'knockoff'...that's what you tell the judge, anyway. Beautiful work.

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  21. Fantsatic shirt Peter! I would be terrified of getting it dirty, but I think wrapping yourself in clear plastic might detract from the lines of the shirt?!!

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  22. Fabulous! What a wonderful shirt. I'm about to venture into my first men's shirt and your level of perfection is something to strive for.

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  23. Omg! This shirt is sexy and oh so flattering! You did an awesome job. I suggest to make a few more

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  24. I think this is my favourite thing that you've ever made! I LOVE it and I want one too!!!

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  25. Love the shirt and everything that makes the shirt - the pressing, so sharp and crisp; the cuffs; the placket points stitched to perfection. Great job!
    Sharon

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  26. Hello, I just discovered your blog and I absolutely LOVE it! I myself have been sewing on a 1934 Singer Featherweight and only a decade ago expanded my horizons to include a Bernina 820 Record. Needless to say I was delighted to find that you too are a vintage Singer / Bernina afficionado. It is just they don't make all metal sewing machines like they used to anymore. Bravo for the charming and informative blog. You have done an excellent job sewing these outfits, as Cathy Lane too. Thank you for being you, keep on being beautiful!

    Best,
    Yasue

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