Floral shirt complete! On to something vintage…..

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Although the last few weeks have been busy after the birth of my son I have managed to grab a little time in the sewing room to finish another shirt using the Burda pattern 7045 and a nice floral print poplin I mentioned in my last post.

I didn’t alter the pattern in any way except for the sleeve plackets. I have found a pretty fool-proof way of making them and always find patterns over-complicate the process. I was hoping to show you my method during the construction of the shirt but due to the pattern it was really difficult to photograph. I will post a tutorial another time using some plain material.

Arrowed buttons and a ‘just’ visible breast pocket

The collar is buttoned down but uses loops behind the collar points rather than button through; quite a nice touch.

My trademark odd colour button on left sleeve.

So that completes my shirt collection for a while…..probably!

Next project? Well I purchased a Vogue pattern dating to the late 50’s from eBay for a couple of pounds. The classic sports regulation jacket with several pocket styles and either 2 or 3 button front.

I love the detailed instructions, reminds me of a comic book. Looks like the pattern calls for a lot more hand stitched details as well as bound buttonholes and bias bound seams.

The pattern pieces are not printed but cut and punched, as patterns used to be. I have been researching what all the holes; circles, squares and triangles mean. This will be a challenge, I know as I have only ever worked from printed or self-created patterns.

I shall be using some fine black corduroy fabric with a floral lining.

I think I will post regularly during the construction as it might help others using such patterns. 

Happy sewing and watch this space as I go all vintage!

5 thoughts on “Floral shirt complete! On to something vintage…..

  1. That looks really nice!

    I'm intrigued by the collar. Did you leave off the top button and matched the collar to the full circumference? The loop is a great detail that I guess can be used with other collar designs too.

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