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Dec 17, 2012

Pendleton Plaid Shirt, Version 2.0: Progress

I still have another day's work on this, readers, but I am liking this version of my Pendleton plaid shirt so much better.

As you can see, I've eliminated all those bias cut details from the first version: the button placket, the Western-style yokes, the cuffs, and the pockets.  This pattern is loud enough -- you do not need to see it on the diagonal, at least not in front.

Here's the left front button placket:

When I look at old photos of the first version, I get motion sickness.

I am hoping to finish this tomorrow since I just have another cuff, collar, buttonholes, and hem to complete.  But hey, it's no rush: I've waited three years to do this!  As you can see below, I had a lot of extra fabric left, and I'm glad I kept it all this time.  I ended up cutting new fronts, but re-using the old sleeves and back.  (The old fronts became the cuffs; I feel very thrifty.)

I also salvaged all the vintage buttons of course, which I'll reuse on this new version. 

Friends, that's all for today.  I hope your sewing -- holiday-related or otherwise -- is going well.

See you on the morrow!


  1. Much much vertigo is clearing up now.

  2. Looks like all of your Ken dolls approve as well. Dandy is what I heard them say.

  3. Oh, this is really looking nice! It's very clean and uncluttered.

  4. I thought that I liked it fine with the bias cut details. Now that I see it as you've remade it, it is so much better. You were so right.

  5. That's so great! You just motivated me to pick apart an earlier failure and give it a second chance. It was a dress made from a great Ikat fabric but I didn't make a muslin since I started from my sloper, and the neckline turned out a smidge too low for me to feel comfortable in. I know I only have to cut a new bodice front, take the thing apart and reassemble it, but somehow it never happened.

  6. Nice, I like the changes. Though I may have been able to live with the bias pockets. I'm just finishing up a plaid wool shirt myself.


    1. Thanks Peter. I'm quite happy with the way it turned out. Now if I could just decide how long I want the sleeves and finish the cuffs. I have to say I'm lovin' on wool fabric at the moment, both to sew and to wear.


  7. Looks so much better. Can't wait to see the result!!!

  8. Great save with those buttons!!!


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