It's February! *phew* And I've been busy, but alas not with sewing. But today I did manage to convince the illusive Greg to let me photograph him in his Christmas present - yes, it's taken this long just to get a photograph - so I present to you... Greg's Malaysia shirt!
I picked up roughly 2.5m (it's only about 1.15m wide) for about £6, and it sat untouched until last Christmas when I finally got my act together.
|I'm actually quite impressed with this pattern - it's one of the more modern, wearable men's shirts patterns I've seen.|
|Style A: Contrast collar & cuffs with covered button placket and wide back pleats. Style B: Button down collar with one open pocket and close back pleats. Style C: Regular collar with two button-close pockets and narrow back pleats.|
For the final item, I decided to make a Style B front (without the pocket), with Style A back and Style C collar. I started by fussy cutting the front with the button holes first, and sewed the placket down. I then used this to line up the rest of the fabric to make sure all the patterns lined up.
|Would you look at that pattern lining up! I'm still chuffed that I managed that!|
|Finger to show you where the button placket is as it's a bit camouflaged.|
|The centre back yoke lines up with the body apart from at the ends where the pleats are, but no one will notice!|
|The pattern goes slightly askew at the bottom as it is hand printed.|
|I originally cut the yoke on the bias (as per instructions) but it just looked daft, so I decided to use that piece for the inside yoke lining.|
|The button placket design also leaves an unfinished edge on the inside, so I covered that up with a little square of fabric.|
All in all, I would definitely make it again. It's a really nicely fitting shirt after the pattern has been adjusted and (as with any sewing) it's hugely satisfying to know that you made it out of a sheet of fabric.
I did go a little bit mad while making it though because of the intense pattern. I don't know if it's just that I was really excited about the new Star Wars movie, or if I'd just been sewing too long... Anyone see the resemblance?
|Darth Vader's TIE Advanced X1 Starfighter (source)|