New shirt time

13 Feb

I have been promising a second shirt because it is no fun to dance a second day in one that has been seriously sweated in the previous day, or to dance with the person who is dancing in it!  Bill does have other RTW shirts, but they never fit him properly and they are $$$.

I didn’t document the making of the original shirt and I am pretty sure there would have been many times the model would have vetoed putting the photos up online anyway.  It wasn’t always pretty.  And sometimes it was pretty, in the case of the muslin made from a purple floral print….

The general process was to take a basic dress shirt pattern, scale it down for a knit, morph it with a leotard pattern, redraw the sleeve cap to avoid bunching, add the pique front and cuffs and learn how to do buttonholes.  Nothing to it, right?  Drawing the correct curve for the leotard leg opening was a challenge.  I drew directly on the fabric, tracing the line of *ahem* a similarly shaped garment.  Of course the two sides came out differently, so I split the difference and crossed my fingers.  Turned out just right and the comfort level has been pronounced to be the best ever.

The arms were a smidge long, so that alteration has been transferred onto the pattern.  I also cheated a bit and just took the collar stand from a white shirt that I was planning to use as fabric anyway and stuck it onto the shirt. Worked like a dream, but this time I had to make a collar stand pattern because I didn’t want to take another shirt apart.  I took a stand pattern from a regular pattern, measured it against the  shirt, modified slightly to fit and I hope it works.

Here is the breathable, wicking fabric, the pique and the interfacing all cut out and ready to go.  Couldn’t quite fit it all into the photo.  That’s a big guy I have to cover!

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