I have finally started my first shirt!
I am using Colette 1014 Negroni. I found out about this pattern over at Male Pattern Boldness a mere two years too late to participate in Peter's Men's Shirt Sew-Along.
I was going to make Vogue 8889, I had bought the pattern, I had read the instructions, I had examined the pattern pieces and I bottled it. It just didn't feel like a first-timer's pattern. I still intend to make Vogue 8889 because I think it is a great looking shirt but for the time being I have my ironing board full with Colette 1014!
So where have I got to?
- Pre-washed the green (aborted quilt backing) fabric
- Cut up and ironed the paper pattern pieces I need for the short sleeved version of Negroni
- Traced size L of the pattern pieces onto some plain tissue I had lying around
- Worried about how much the fabric had shrunk and how I would make the cutting layout work
- Stopped worrying
- Fathomed an alternative cutting layout
- Cut most of the pattern out of the green fabric
- Bought green thread and fusible interfacing
- Soaked interfacing in hottish water to pre-shrink it
- Finished cutting
- Started sewing!
Look! I made pocket flaps. One of the things I really like about this pattern are the free pocket options which can be downloaded. I chose the asymmetrical pocket flap in conference with The-Much-Belovéd. We both liked the idea of the way they might look with the pointed pocket option.
This is how they look with the pockets. I made a card template to press the pockets around. This is a really neat technique that I have only just read about. I wish I had known about it when I was making the apron for my sister back in December!
The green was not planned for this project so the yardage is a bit touch and go. To help make it go further I have used some of the owl fabric left over from the fence rail quilt to make the pocket flap facings - cute? I even remembered to match the bobbin thread to the contrast fabric.
My very first shirt pocket - ever! How proud am I?
I just haven't been able to bring myself to sully that sleek pocket flap with a button hole. Is it wearable left as is?
|Pocket is edge stitched and the flap is top stitched|
Tomorrow I need to make another one to match this and decide whether or not to add buttonholes to the pocket flaps before I go much further with the construction of the shirt.
I am enjoying sewing this pattern. I am going to take my time and savour it.