Monday, 17 December 2012

Please excuse my dress form...

I am not making any sort of statement on man boobs. It is just the only form that I have to display the McCall's 2447 men's shirt.

First thing first. The placket for the sleeves worked out perfectly. I'm quite pleased.

The McCall's pattern instructions were perfect, I can't take credit for these without mentioning that little piece of information.





The pieces matched up nicely. After transferring the pattern markings and pressing a 1/4" around the placket edges it was easy sailing from there.

I did hand stitch before machine stitching. An extra step that was not called for in the pattern instructions. I did it because I wanted them to turn out as well as they could.

I didn't mind the extra time I took during this phase.  
Next up was the cuffs. Here again I followed the pattern, sewing a 5/8" seam allowance and grading the seam allowances. All the while wondering why I'm not working with a 3/8" seam allowance.

I quickly forgot about the 3/8" seam allowance when cuffs turned out beautifully.

Could I possibly be turning into a fan of graded seam allowances?

Almost done, the buttons are picked and the buttonholes are sewn. Just a bit more hand sewing needed to add the buttons. I'm not brave enough to try to sew them using the sewing machine. Call me old fashion.

4 comments:

  1. Love those man-boobs! Hubby will need a lot of stuffing to contest with those...and the shirt is coming along superbly...

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    1. Judith, it is not for "the hubby", I'm what they call those folks that never married, blissfully single. I made the shirt for my little brother. That's why I can jest about man boobs. Siblings, eh! He has a great sense of humour and I'm sure I'll hear some jesting back over the holidays.

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  2. You know, it's not the gowns and things that impress me most- it's the perfect tucks and positioning of flanges and old school tailoring that makes me go 'ooh' usually.....nice work!

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