Sunday, July 14, 2013

And 40 Buttonholes Later . . . .

I had two more shirts for Mr. SDSC and two for me!  A most productive week indeed!  As we would say in the UK - I've been cooking on gas!!!

Mr. SDSC was so pleased with his last shirt, that I thought I would make a couple more to practice techniques before I start playing around with the pattern and making it a better fit.  I used the same pattern, Kwik Sew 3422, and other than being more accurate with edge stitching a using a new foot for my Pfaff for the topstitching (boy that foot is spot on!), not much else changed. 

The first shirt is made from a gorgeous cotton with width-ways stripes, so I cut the pattern pieces out accordingly - I did not want horizontal stripes.  The thicker blue/grey stripe is woven like satin ribbon and has a different finish - it looks rather classy.




In retrospect, I think that the buttons may be a little big - they are 13mm, but I am thrilled with the buttonholes again (used the Featherweight).

The second shirt is a plain 100% cotton - slightly thicker fabric (I have a feeling it may actually be quilting cotton) and will make a greater cooler weather shirt.




 

Both shirts have 'grandad' collars which I think really suit him.  I will probably put some proper collars on the next shirts (although I have a black stretch poplin version already cut out).  I can cut one of these shirts out from 2m of 45" fabric and each one uses 12 buttons.  I must try and find somewhere where I can buy a 'bag' of buttons, as I am using rather a lot, so it is quite an inexpensive make.  You may have noted some blue marker around the buttonholes - the shirts have had to be washed to get this out - what do you use for marking buttons and buttonholes?  I do have a pen that fades within a day or two, so that may be better.

I made myself two more Singer Shapely Blouses, but the blue marker shows up so much on those that they cannot be photographed just yet!  They use 8 buttons each - I placed them 2" apart, and will probably go for 3" on the next versions, so all-in-all, four shirts = 40 buttons and buttonholes.  Phew!

So, alterations, the yoke on these shirts is somewhat flat in comparison to the roundness of Mr. SDSC adn I have read that you shouldn't alter them - but alter the backs and front pieces instead.  I will have to do some more research on this as the yoke appears to be (to me) where the fitting issues are.  In any case, they are not significant enough to cause a problem, and I know that these shirts will be worn to death!

A quick word before I go about divas models.  I am happy to make Mr. SDSC shirts, I am even happy to go out and purchase the fabric (it is tough but someone has to do it!), but I do expect some co-operation when it comes to photographing the finished garment.  This is what I was faced with today . . . .






A little less attitude next time methinks . . . . .

More pics on Flickr should you be interested!

9 comments :

  1. Those shirts are fab. I am starting to wonder if you are going to set up in production ;) what's your secret to getting so much done?! The fit looks very good from these photos. Also, love the pic of your husband looking down, it reminds me of how my children look when they have been told off!

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    1. Aw, thanks! I am lucky in that I have a sewing room with everything set up, so I can go and sew whenever I like. Also, my Mister has time consuming hobbies so we are happy to leave each other to our own devices, and neither get upset or feel abandoned!!

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  2. Wow...those shirts are sewn so perfectly no one would ever know you made them! ...and they also fit perfectly!! I don't know why you think the buttons are too big...they look nice.

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    1. Thanks! Mr. SDSC read your comment and said that he liked the size of the buttons as well. Here in Alberta, the air is very dry and it can be hard to fiddle with smaller buttons and he thinks that they are the perfect size!

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  3. More fabulous shirts for Mr. SDSC. You are doing a great job on them.

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    1. Thank-you! The weird thing is that I am really enjoying making them. I thought that I would try one, and that would keep him out of my hair for a while (and that they would be too fiddly/time consuming) - but I rather enjoyed the process and couldn't wait to make more!

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  4. You've done it now!!! He is never going to be able to wear a ready made shirt again. Yours are too perfect!!!!

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    1. Aw shucks! Always room for improvement but it is surprising how easily they can look so good (with very little sewing savvy!)

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  5. Hee, I love the photo shoot outtakes. No chance of getting any modeling out of the recipient of my sewing effort, so i only make him boxers. Heh. These are really wonderful shirts!

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