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."
What a beautiful little shirt you created!ReplyDelete
Thank you! It was fun to figure out.Delete
Another beauty. I would buy this in a heartbeat if I found it at the store. The piecing in both design and construction is so well done. I think you are really going to enjoy wearing this this summer. JeanReplyDelete
You always pick up on the details...thanks for noticing!Delete
Great details on your shirt.ReplyDelete
A bit fussy, but it keeps me entertained. Hoping your spring weather keeps up!Delete
It's exquisite. Your work is superb.ReplyDelete
Thanks. I'm finding that I am enjoying fewer, but fussier projects. I like the 'engineering' and the details, and they last longer!Delete
Is the "cut-on sleeve pullover top" available as a commercial pattern? Love it!ReplyDelete
Oh, sorry, it is my own pattern. I basically used one that was close and fiddled with it until the shoulders worked for me. I have broad shoulders so cut-on sleeves aren't always the best option. But I played with it for awhile and got one that works.Delete
Thanks for the reply. The blouse is beautiful.Delete