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Aug 13, 2019

Peter & Michael's Singer Featherweight Shirt Photo Shoot!


Readers, just two weeks ago I stumbled on two very wonderful Robert Kaufman Singer Featherweight quilting cottons.

I purchased 2 1/2 yards of each of them online (at Keepsake Quilting, which only has the white Featherweight print available currently, but it's deeply discounted; many Etsy sellers have them for sale too).  Robert Kaufman has a few other Singer sewing machine prints too; look around.

The prints are black Featherweights on a cream background and white Featherweights on a black background.  I loved them both but liked the white Featherweight print a little better, which was lucky, since Michael's preference was the black Featherweight print (which prominently says "Singer" on it, and since Michael is a singer he thought that would be the better choice).



The fabrics arrived in less than a week, leaving me enough time to make two shirts we could wear to MPB Day last Saturday. I sewed myself a short-sleeve camp shirt and Michael a long-sleeve dress shirt with contrasting cuffs and collar made from a tiny polka-dot cotton print from Metro Textiles and lined with black cotton sateen.




Both shirts went together easily, though the pattern matching across the front of Michael's shirt isn't perfect: the sewing machines are not lined up on a straight diagonal and I couldn't locate the repeat easily.  I don't think most people will notice but I was a little disappointed since I succeeded so well on my camp shirt.  Oh well!

This morning we had a little Singer Featherweight photo shoot, complete with two of my actual Singer Featherweights -- I mean, how could we not?





Here's a back view of both shirts.  Mine has a center pleat and Michael's is flat.  Both shirts have yokes cut on the bias.



We did indeed wear them last Saturday.  We received a LOT of compliments.


I don't sew novelty-print shirts often but these fabrics were irresistible to me.  I love the result!

Have a great day, everybody, and happy sewing!

17 comments:

  1. Fabulous! Love my little black FW Stitcher... and now I might have to find some of the fabric... I can envision a lovely pillowcase at the least. Thanks for the alert and the fun photos.

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  2. Peter, you and Michael are so delightful! This was the perfect project for MPB Day!

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  3. Two handsome gentlemen in two very handsome shirts! Beautiful workmanship and love the poses with the machines. :)

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  4. He sings too?!?!?!

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    1. Not just sings ... but beautifully. We were treated to a sample on the blog some years ago.
      Spud

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  5. I do think it is a shame MPB Day isn’t getting featured in T Magazine or at least the NYT Style section. Together or individually, these shirts are the piece de resistance of that celebration.

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  6. Both shirts are fabulous and look even better in person! Perfect for MPB Day. And you made TWO so quickly. I love how in this photo shoot, you are each posing with a FW in the color of the machines on your shirt.

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  7. Love the shirts, love the Singer reference, love the fabric choices!

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  8. fabulous shirts and great choice on the contrasting cuff and collar - the MPB day looked fantastic too. well done

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  9. serious fabric envy over here. they look great!

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  10. I've been following your blog off and on for years and just wanted to say, thank you! The shirts are wonderful of course, but you two look radiant. All the best.

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  11. Seriously, how could you resist? I like that while the shirts obviously coordinate, they are not strictly mirror images. I'm also impressed at your shirt sewing speediness.

    When can I expect you for dinner?

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  12. I have a featherweight, as well! Thanks Peter...now I NEED a damn shirt, too! Lucky guys you are!! And looking good!
    --Erik in NW Ohio

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  13. Both shirts are gorgeous! Coincidentally, my husband just bought some of the white fabric with dark sewing machines at Mardens in Maine, which has a revolving large cotton fabric selection.

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  14. The shirts are perfection! I can't get over how nice you were. I so enjoyed MPB day!

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  15. Priceless! Two stylish men with sewing machines to match their shirts--or is it, with shirts to match their sewing machines?

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