An exercise in patience.
(A virtue, so I have been told)
When I learnt to sew at school,
we were taught to do everything properly.
Tie off the ends- don't just backsew.
Baste in your zips, your sleeves, your everything.
Iron. Everything. Lots.
I even used a tailor's ham.
Hand up if you ever used one of those.
It has held me in good stead.
(Though I am crap at ironing as I go.
I am getting better
but it is a pain as my ironing is set up far away from my sewing space.
But I digress...)
Upon leaving school,
I rebelled and haven't made anything tailored, lined or out of crepe ever since.
(One day remind me to tell you how many times I had to redo that zip in my crepe de chine skirt!)
Collars? Too much effort. Cuffs? Pah. Multiple buttonholes? Do I have to?
But the Amy Butler Liverpool pattern caught my eye.
A lovely, shaped (and yes, collared, cuffed and with multiple buttonholes) shirt
that I really wanted to make.
Even more suprisingly I wanted to make it out of fabric that was beige (my 3rd most disliked colour)
and had some yellow in it (my 2nd most disliked colour)
(No orange though. Even I couldn't bring myself to wear that colour.)
Pattern: Amy Butler "Liverpool" shirt length version
Fabric: Heather Bailey Nicey Jane Hello Roses
Approval rating: I love it! It looks more slimming in real life
and it is really nice to make something for myself that I am really happy with.
Sweet little button loops on the cuffs.
Little cream vintage cabbage rose buttons to finish.
And, as a nod to my grade 9 sewing teacher,
the pattern asked for topstitching of the collar to attach and finish the inside seam.
But I handstitched it instead.
Just like I did learnt to do back in 1983.
Because I think it gave a better result for me.
(But I still don't baste my zips)