Hot pink linen shirt

Project Description

What are you most proud of? That I made something that I will actually wear, and doesn't look too homemade. It fits well, although I did add 3" to the sleeve length. And I added 2" in the back so I could put in some pleats, partly for fit, partly to relieve some of the vast acreage of pink. Not bad for my second shirt. What advice would you give someone starting this project? The 1/4 inch seam allowances leave little room for error, I learned the hard way. Pam suggests making them all 5/8" and that would be great at the collar and stand and cuffs. I also made French seams at the shoulders, sleeves and sides. I'd rather have clothes pins on my soft parts than try flat felling inside a sleeve again. I have no skill with either the felling foot (a.k.a. Little Feller) nor the hemmer foot. I also fused the inner yoke as it was cut on the bias, and my prior experience with the yoke trick stretched the inner yoke to the point of bagginess when the shirt was pulled right side out.

What you will need

  • Pink linen and silk taffeta

Q&A with Michel des Tetons

Pam Howard asked:
Hello! I love it!!! Great job on your beautiful shirt :-)) It's hard to believe that it's only the 2nd one you've made! I read Peter's blog as well, he does great work. One tip for you is to cut the inner yoke on straight grain next time. That will stabilize the outer yoke cut on the bias, and eliminate the need to fuse it. Gentle turning of the yoke also helps to keep it from stretching. I love the contrast of the cuff facings and your front band. Thanks so much for taking my class, and for posting your picture. I hope to see more of your custom shirts :-) Take care, Pam
Michel des Tetons answered:
Pam, thanks. I'm excited to try another example. The good news is the pink shirt survived a trip through the washer. I may be onto something here. I'll post more as the shirts come flying out of my sewing studio.

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