I don’t know about you, but I’m kinda getting bored with the Cook’s Illustrated reviews. Let’s take a break, shall we?
I’ve been working on my most ambitious sewing project to date: a classic shirt. The pattern is from the Built By Wendy “Sew U” book.
This shirt is a long time in the making. Two summers ago I started taking apart a blue flannel shirt with the purpose of re-sewing it into something Erin-sized using this pattern.
I finally got around to fully deconstructing the shirt in the past month or so, and on further inspection, I realized I needed some accent flannel because there wasn’t enough fabric in the blue shirt to cover all the pattern pieces. To compensate, I recruited a fun flannel print with oversized roses from Fabric.com.
Here’s what I’m planning for this garment:
- The shirt front will be the rose print with blue yokes.
- The shirt back will be the blue flannel with a rose yoke.
- The sleeves will be the blue flannel.
- The cuffs will be the rose print.
- The shirt will be collarless (i.e., no pointy collar) — just the collar stand.
- I plan to use pearl snaps (think Western shirt) instead of buttons.
I’ve only been able to work on the shirt in 45-to-60 minute increments, which I think has been good for overall quality. It’s just long enough to feel like you’re getting into it, but not long enough to feel burned out.
Have any suggestions for me? Know any good instructional vids or books on shirt making? I’m all ears.