Here’s the thing with sewing…it’s never particularly straight forward.
Maybe I should be more specific…
The thing with drafting the pattern for and hand stitching a shirt from scratch is that…it’s never particularly straight forward.
This is where we are…
I have one shirt pattern that fits beautifully, but doesn’t include a yoke, which makes the shirt stronger. A yoke would be great on this shirt because it is reasonably fitted…and also the collar fits beautifully…but I’m not that happy with the shape. Seems simple…just put a yoke in the shirt and put a nicer collar on it.
I think it is that simple…but these things can cascade like a house of cards. And even if they don’t it’s the pattern drafting, cutting and making to test that takes all the time.
Also, I have just finished making a trial of a different shirt. I pulled apart one of my favourite shirts (that had started to fall apart) and built a pattern from it. The good news is that it is almost a perfect replica of the original! The bad news is that the original, now I look at it closely, didn’t quite fit me perfectly around the neck. I need to add another centimetre or so…I have enough experience to know this one is a house of cards…adding a centimetre to the neck either is totally absorb-able in the existing pattern…or requires me to change the neck-line which means I may need to fiddle with the front pieces which could…well I don’t quite know.
Thing is, all of that is actually quite interesting to me.
Why do I look at it like it’s a problem?
It’s a desire to complete something. An old habit of seeing the finished shirt as the goal. Rather than the process of creating it. What happens then is that I avoid tackling these tasks and the finished shirt gets further and further away.
The reason I’m doing this is that I am curious about how all the parts of a shirt fit together.
I’d better go and find out!
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