As I said in earlier posts, I have been doing some seam experimenting, as well as thinking of what sort of shirts are going to be making up the big ten.
BTW I am so glad to see that those of you who have signed on for this project are doing other things too - I really didn't want this to be an obligation, and I hate sewing deadlines so I like the idea of ten or so, or one or two white shirts, being a subject of thought, with natural rate production as it evolves.
I personally have set the goal to be making ten white shirts, eventually. I like the word eventually this morning. It recognizes that life gives you jobs to do that are not on the list, like it has to me this week.
Maybe I should be saying eventually more often.
How about at work?
At a meeting - Can we ask you to do that Barbara? Sure I will get it done eventually.
At home - When are we eating dinner? Eventually.
I think this works for me.
So with that as a starting point this is sort of my working list on what I would like to sew in the white shirt department subject to change and distraction:
1-3 One classic all-purpose white shirt for three seasons - sleeveless, short-sleeved, long-sleeved.
4. One shirt with French cuffs. What else makes a French cuff work like a white shirt?
5. At least one from a vintage pattern.
6. Some sort of Tuxedo front, or maybe a pintucked piece in it - sort of a classic
7. A big shirt, tunic shirt to wear with jeans - maybe in a more durable fabric
8. A white silk shirt
9. Something with fancy sleeves (my first shirt)
10. Something with embroidery or some kind of decorative effect
11. A cowboy shirt - or at least something with those details. I remember an old David Page Coffin article on cowboy shirts and I was in love with the curved welt pockets.
12. A shirt with a tie
13. A back-buttoning shirt
14. Something with ruffle somewhere but not make me look like an idiot, as I am too tall to be frilly
15. A camp shirt with pockets, maybe pleated pockets, I am thinking of Safari style but again not to make me look like an idiot
As you can see there are more than 10 on this list and I am sure I have missed something.
Now off to sew.
- I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon