It is possible that you have noticed a lack of posting around here lately. I could blame this on work, but really, I sew all the time whether I have lots of work to do or not. I just don't do any housework or go to bed on time. I think I am an addict.
Here is the real culprit.
This is my husband's birthday shirt. You may take culprit to be either the husband or the shirt. I dearly love my husband, but I find it rather tricky to sew for him. He has clear shirt standards.
The shirts he likes to purchase are these from Rodd & Gunn. He never likes the $139 ones, either, only those scaring $200. I didn't really have a problem with this, recognising his different upbringing from mine, lack of thrifty gene, and that he can spend his money how he likes (especially if he wants macaroni cheese for dinner every night). However, unfortunately, 2 years or so ago, I made him a shirt according to David Page Coffin's dastardly Shirtmaking book (which took me 3 intense sewing weeks), and he instantly recognised that David Page Coffin is not happy with Rodd & Gunn standards.My husband fully appreciates 1/8 inch flat felled seams and steam shaped collars (I am not sure I have quite met the 1/8 flat felled seam yet, but I am trying). Aaargh, I should have kept very quiet about David Page Coffin. I had made my husband 4 shirts before this one, and he had been hinting for rather a long time that he would like some more. How can a seamstress resist that sort of flattery from her beloved?
Here is the inside of an embryonic birthday shirt. See that flat felled shoulder sleeve seam?
I was so happy with this - until I realised that I had sewn on both sleeves backwards, with their beautiful plackets already finished.
You may notice that the finished birthday shirt bears no resemblence to the embryonic one. That is why I have been sewing this shirt for two whole weekends and 7 weekdays.
I promise you that there is no big belly under that shirt - the photo opportunity was very brief and did not have any room for tucking in instructions.
He did roll down the sleeves for me though, so I could show you the plackets. The inner cuff is on the bias.
I have labelled him at the top of the plackets with my initial. I want credit for this shirt.
The most fun bit was the chevron collar and back yoke.
The fabric is very nice shirting cotton from Goldhawk Rd, with the front placket contrast a chambray from Gorgeous Fabrics (sold out) - see entirely self inflicted disaster to embryonic shirt above. If you notice that my sewing machine was not co-operating with the topstitching here, please do not tell my husband, who is currently unaware of this detail.
He is very happy with this shirt - just as well!
He might be getting a chambray one for Christmas, without flat felled shoulder seams, if I can face it by then.