I’d really like to able to sew properly (to date I have just been following pattern instructions and learning from books and youtube) so have been looking into doing some classes. I found a shirt making course near me over a weekend which I thought would be ideal until I looked at the price, £340.00 non residential PLUS materials. I thought that was rather a lot and would result in by far the most expensive shirt I have ever or would ever own. So I thought I would dedicate this weekend to really trying hard to make a proper shirt with buttons and a collar and some design detail.
I came across V8689 which has the above plus flat fell seams, lots of topstitching and custom fit options.
It looked quite complicated so I bought a relatively inexpensive patterned cotton from Fabricland in Bristol in case it all went horribly wrong.
So many pattern pieces !! Just the front has 8 pieces with 5 more for the back and that doesn’t include the collar.
I tried really hard to follow the instructions to the letter and not read ahead which is a great fault of mine and I was quite satisfied that I had done the best I could do at the end of the first afternoon. I then put the garment on my dress form and burst into hysterical laughter….
I had used the flat fell seam from the front yoke as the centre point for the sleeve insertion rather than the shoulder seam….silly me !
So this morning’s first task was unpicking and redoing.
Th rest of the shirt came together well and I was especially pleased with the exact matching I got at the bottoms of the front bands.
The shirt fits nicely and the only real regret I have is in the fabric choice which is far to busy to show off the panelling detail in the front and back.
I will definitely make this again but in a plainer fabric.