Hurrah! The worst of the marking is over, and time for sewing hath returned!
I still have one unit to mark, but plenty of time to do it, so the pressure is off. I had a bit of TOIL stacked up at work. and booked today off, intending to try to join my lovely wife at a family funeral, London way. As it turned out, I didn’t QUITE hit my quota last nnight, and I’m so worn out from the anxiety of [yes, still] waiting to hear about redundancies, that I decided to stay home and crack on.
What a great day! A long lie in [after seeing the wife off], all papers marked, and some serious extended naps. I didn’t even have to prepare lunch, as a lovely pal had given us some home cooked curry a couple of days ago, so I polished that off. Then another nap, and some serious sewing time.
I hand sewed all the buttonholes on the front of the shirt. They got better as I went on, although I’m sure many of you could do a lot better…the first one is looking somewhat discoloured. Confession time. I went to hunt out my set of craft knives, unused for some time, and didn’t realise that the one I chose was slightly rust stained until AFTER I cut into the pristine white shirt. Bum.
Fortunately, all the imperfections will be hidden by the concealed button fastening anyway. Just as well.
I made french seams on the shoulders, and long sleeve/side seams, and felled the ‘armscye’, which is actually a dropped shoulder seam. Narrow hem, and collar attched with no fuss.
The collar on this really is beautifully shaped- slightly over sized, and drafted with a sort of inset under collar stand. The upper collar is cut very large compared to the under collar, and takes some easing/stretching to get it in. It’s also cut on the bias, which atogether produces a gorgeous soft curved shape. It has 2 buttonholes on the underside only [they don’t come through all thicknesses] so that it can be buttoned in place when worn.
The oversized, double fold cuffs have the same fastening…but that’s the only bit I haven’t finished yet, as I realised I needed to sew 2 more buttonholes, and I’m too tired!
Here it is on the hanger, all pressed and nice. Can’t wait to finish it and show it off. I love this fabric!And finally, a few of the garden pics I took while having a break in the sunshine. Busy bees, gorgeous colours, and some interesting textures and shapes for inspiration. Enjoy!