It is a lovely, lovely thing to sew from a pattern you have made before and made positive fitting changes to. I’m just learning how to fit things to my own body, and I used this pattern (Butterick 5526) for one of my first attempts, making a broad-back adjustment to it before trying a first draft. In making this second shirt, I didn’t change anything. Someday, someday, I will try a swayback adjustment, but since I can wear the shirt comfortably without it (and the fabric pools in my back, where I don’t normally see it), it just doesn’t feel as urgent.
The real feature of this edition of the shirt is this cool fabric. I got is last summer at Field’s Fabric in Kalamazoo, MI. If I remember correctly it’s from Robert Kaufman fabrics, and is a cotton. Here’s the cool part: it’s not actually purple. It’s a trick on your eye. The fabric is made of red threads woven perpendicularly to blue threads, and your eye sees it as purple. Color theory in action! (For an interesting read on color, page through Josef Albers’ book entitled Interaction of Color. Mind blowing!) The weave also gives the fabric a fascinating effect (I want to say “iridescent”, but that’s not quite right) in the light.
I chose to topstitch this shirt in red and used plain red buttons. I searched high and low for cool, unique buttons, but in the end, these seemed right.
In future editions of this shirt, I’d like to use French seams inside, but I was sort of afraid they wouldn’t make it around the curves and I would get lumps. However, Lauren of the blog Lladybird is the one who
I copied convinced me to try this pattern after I saw her many versions, and she uses French seams, so I should give it a try, too, perhaps. For now, let’s pretend the insides of my shirt, which I finished with a zigzag stitch and which consequently frayed in the wash, are a “design feature”.
And lest you think I’m aiming for the “moody” look in these posts, I’ve been sick all week, and I was still recovering when I took these (and the next few posts’) shots, so it might show. I feel like I have to say this because when I take blog photos now, I always hear my Grandma’s voice in my head telling me to smile. I tried, Grandma!
How about some “in progress” shots?
I’ve had this shirt done for a while and it’s gotten lots of wear. The color is one I wear often, and the weight of the fabric is really, really nice. It’s more substantial than my gingham version (which is not high quality fabric, really), and it feels like it will hold up a lot longer, too. I love Robert Kaufman fabrics. Even if I’m wrong about this being from them, I still love Robert Kaufman fabrics.
I hope you all have a good weekend. I’m already feeling better than I was yesterday when I took these photos, so that’s hopeful. Now how about some fun recommendations?
- Thanks to the Thread Theory blog for featuring the Strathcona Henley and Jutland Pants that I made for my husband along with some other amazing things created from their patterns. Check out all the great projects! The coats blew my mind, and I was definitely eyeing the shorts for ideas for the future.
- Also on the Thread Theory blog, several cool videos on how various sewing items are made. I really liked that the scissors they showed are still largely made by hand, and seeing how pins and needles are made was fascinating.
- This music video by OK Go is CRAZY (crazy awesome). They always have the best music videos. Do you think they did it in one take?