When I decided to challenge myself at the end of February to make a white shirt once a month I thought four weeks between shirts would be plenty....Wow....I can't believe how quickly the four weeks slipped by. I'm going to have to pay attention and not waste any of my weeks. It's easy to say, "I'll do it next week." But when you only have four, you can't push it off too many times!
I did have to wait for my white fabrics to arrive, so I couldn't get too much of a jump on March. I ordered several versions of white fabric from "Gorgeous Fabrics." I had a hard time choosing, there were lots of lovely pieces, but in the end I restrained myself a bit and picked out four to get me started. The fabric came right away, it was lovingly packed in tissue and plastic to keep it white, and Ann from the store sent me a very nice thank you email which I thought was extra special. I felt a bit bad about unwrapping them and shoving them unceremoniously into the washing machine.
Here's what I got...
The bottom right hand corner is an ivory rayon twill. It has lots of body and I already have an idea for how I want to use it.
Next to that is a soft cotton batiste. It is very fine and sheer, almost a voile. It is more lofty than the rayon and has a matte finish.
Next, a silk organza. I really wasn't thinking about using it for the challenge, but I needed a new press cloth so I ordered it up to help get to the 'free shipping' level! It might find its way into one of the shirts, we'll see.
The luscious stuff next to the organza is a silk georgette heavily embellished with tropical leaf embroidery. I was afraid it might be stiff, but it is wonderfully soft and drapy...I'm going to have to think hard about what to do with this one. Maybe just look at it!
And finally a great handkerchief linen. It washed up beautifully, as did the batiste and the rayon, and has that telltale crumple that screams "I'm linen."