Reconstructing History #950, Edwardian shirtwaist [a blouse by any other name] in [a] scissor print cotton in two colourways, shown above, and [b] black and white striped cotton. There are two options on this for the back, so I went with one of each, and I decided I really, really need a shirt with eye-boggling stripes, so they are cut in three directions. Or four… It does ‘wow’ and wobble your eyeballs, but I neeeeeeeeeeeed it so there!
Anyway, both are cut out, the cuffs, collars and upper sleeves are all interfaced, ad I gathered up one side piece and attached it to the front yoke. The pattern instructions are not very clear [a standard problem with RH, although I don’t mind] so I used an ‘old-fashioned’ method to attach that right angled yoke- instead of sewing right sides together, you just press the seam allowance under and then mount it over the gathered edge. I wanted neat gathers, as there is a lot of fabric there, so I ‘stroked’ them into place with a pin. This is another historical method.
I need to unpick a bit of excess machine basting, but I rather like this insanely stripey effect so far.
What do you think? [Any epileptic fits induced by this shirt are NOT my fault!]
In other news, I finished my corset, it fits, and I’m happy…but I don’t like the pink binding after all so it has to come off before you see it. Sigh.