…and a little fabric porn.
My payday parcels are arriving, so far I have the WONDROUS off-white silk satin, antique glass buttons, and a load of lace trim. I’ve decided to replace the buttons on my green riding jacket, as the blackness of the soutache makes them look grey, so we’re using them for the linen shirt.
The silk satin is so gorgeous my mouth is watering just thinking about it, and I have to keep going to stroke it. It’s got that perfect silk sheen, and is very fluid: you could pull it through a wedding ring. [Not the wife’s wedding ring, her fingers are so thick you could pull a roll of lino through hers…]
I’ve got the black linen and purple moleskin cut out, and basted them together for a quick fitting tonight. Unfortunately, I left it until after two portions of cassoulet and a couple of glasses of wine had rendered the missus semi-comatose, and in a face-pulling mood. This has given me only a couple of vaguely useful photos to help judge fit, length etc. I think I’ve judged the sizes well, the black shirt needs several inches off the length [well she’s only 5’1″] but all else looks fine. I may make the back darts deeper at the waist, but that can be done when it’s nearly finished, so I’ll be cracking on very soon.
Ignoring the silly faces, double-dinner tummy, and wine-induced wavering from side to side, they look good … The black shirt is semi-fitted, [McCall’s 6436] and there will be pintucks on the sleeves where you see the big ‘pleat’ at present, and pintucked breast pockets. I didn’t manage to get the front tucked up to the right length, but the back view is better! The fit on the shoulders is perfect to my eye.
The purple is McCall’s 6076, and the collar/lapels fold back making a soft V neck. The cuff has a deep hem and slit to allow for a fold-back, and we may add slits for cufflinks. No choice has been made for buttons for that yet, we need a trip to the markets- any excuse! It’s a more fitted style, but I chose the D cup option, which should allow it to be worn layered over another top as a change.
I ran into trouble cutting out the third shirt, the Angela Kane men’s fit shirt in some leftover stretch cotton poplin. It’s one of those cases where you can see there ruddy well IS enough fabric, but the pieces won’t fit on. I have had some lying-awake-at-night inspiration though, so I haven’t given up. It may end up being dubbed the ‘loaves and fishes’ shirt. Watch me!