fine Italian cotton shirt

Project Description

What are you most proud of? I finally got the collar unit and front band correct, and my tower plackets match each other pretty close. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Each fabric is different. Some sew easier than others. If you run into trouble, STOP and walk away before you get frustrated. I had problems doing the flat-felled seams on the sleeves. But like a dog with a bone I wasn't going to stop until I got those sleeve seams done. Well, I did, but not with a flat-felled seam. I ended up serging the wide sleeve seam and then top-stitching it down to the body of the shirt.. I should have stopped (if only I had listened to my husband) and ask Pam for help.

What you will need

  • Fine Italian cotton I got from Gorgeous fabrics.

Q&A with Calumn

Pam Howard asked:
Hi!, Another great shirt! I love your fabric choice, and the way you've re-designed the back yoke to add a seam and cut it on the bias. Ann has beautiful fabrics at Gorgeous Fabrics. I really like all of your details, and know that you will love wearing this one, too! Thanks, Pam
Calumn answered:
Thanks go to you Pam. You have really opened up a whole new realm of sewing for me. Or to quote a very dear and ageless friend - "You have extended the legs of my tent".
Cissie asked:
Nice shirt! I love making shirts, don't ask me why! Sometimes I resort to the serging, topstitching seams, too!
Calumn answered:
Thank you. I find believe it or not that if I'm really having a bad day, working on a tailored shirt takes all the tension away.

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