I think shirtmaking is my absolute favorite type of sewing. I find so much peace and satisfaction in all the precision and details, and I love the endless possibilities for customization. Also, there’s nothing like wearing a crisp button-down shirt, especially one that’s light and airy on a warm summer day. I suspect this shirt will get a lot of wear once the weather warms up, and I can almost feel the warm breeze of the harbor on my face…. almost. It’s still snowing around here. :)
This weekend I indulged in some super-slow sewing — my favorite way to sew. Tower plackets, collars and collar stands, grosgrain ribbon along the button band. Lots of precision topstitching. A handful of pointy corners. Does it get any better than this?
The combination of this floral voile and striped shirting is divine, and I’ve been enjoying the feel of the light and soft fabrics against my fingertips. I tried to minimize the use of interfacing on this shirt to maintain the light feel, but I did use some lightweight fusible in the collar. A floppy collar is too sad a thought to bear!I keep petting my creation-in-progress as I walk by, admiring my work and imagining all the summer adventures I’ll have in this shirt. At least the sun was out today — a promise of warmer days to come. I’ll be ready with a new shirt when spring decides to finally show its face.
Until then, I’ll remain chained at the hip to my puffer coat. At least my prison is warm and fluffy. :)