How can a sewer say no? Of course I procrastinated, and I just finished the last shirt today (that's ontime, right?)
The pattern she chose was Advance 7869, a late 40s/early 50s men's shirt with long and short sleeve options.
The first version is View 1 - long sleeved, but without the contrast front.
(please welcome my partner Jakk, modelling clothing on my blog for the first time)
I've never made proper sleeve plackets before, so it definitely was a learning experience. I referred back to some of her vintage shirts and Sunsurf reproductions just to check what I was doing looked 'right' as the instructions were a little bit mystifying.
Jakk says she prefers the pockets, so I'll make sure I remember that for next time.
Fabric: white and black rayon shirting, Spotlight.
Pattern: Advance 7869, circa late 40s (probably 1949).
- pinched out half an inch from the shoulder width.
- didn't do flat felled seams, but did do two lines of top-stitching so you can't tell.
I wouldn't call this pattern easy at all - Advance has "...the easy printed pattern!' on the front cover - lies!
The white version was pretty easy, but once you add that long sleeve with placket into the mix, I would call this a hard-intermediate.
I'm not sure why the pockets and flaps had to be cut on the bias - it made them very hard to get straight. I will cut them straight next time.
The fabric is brilliant! I'm surprised to get such an inexpensive fabric that feels this good, so I've bought extra for myself.
Jakk's review - she loves the shirts (especially the black) and thinks the fit is really good. The rayon drapes well and is just the right thickness.
She's asked me really nicely if I will make her another one in dark green as well.
|Calamity loves photo-bombing...|
And now, I won't feel sewers-guilt when I start another project.
Have you ever sewn vintage for your partner/family? Did they like it?