December 25, 2013

It's been a while...but I'm Back!

I started this blog with the best of intentions....but as you know, sometimes life gets in the way.
It has been a tough year for me, with a some big health challenges. Now I am a bit better and I will be posting about shirtmaking here again soon.  In the meantime, I'd like to show you a shirt I made to test some design details to offer my clients. The pattern is my original hand-draft.  Roger (my DH) really enjoys wearing this shirt...which was his early Christmas/Hanukah  present.

This Flannel Shirt has a  double (2-layer) front button-placket. The black contrast pieces are made with lightweight denim.  The top-layer placket and pocket accent are made from the same denim that I distressed with sandpaper to get a faded effect. The slightly rumpled appearance of this shirt is entirely intentional....a "hard" press + distressed denim...not a good look, IMO.  This shirt has been pressed. but softly in order to preserve the lofty, cozy feel of the thick flannel.

After all the orders are shipped from the Interfacing Sale on now at , I will be posting new Tutorials featuring Shirt Design details and construction techniques. Two of the many I have planned are photographed and I have written the instructions. After the sale is over, I'll have the time to combine words with photos, and get them posted  here for you.  Along the way, I'll be showing you the shirts I've designed, plus a few I've made from published patterns.  So stay tuned..I'll be blogging again :)

SEWING NOTES-- Fabric--Cotton Flannel from my wholesale supplier.  Interfacing--ProSheer Elegance MEDIUM (great for flannel, corduroy,  and denim, etc) from  Buttons--  1/2" 4-hole Black, found in a packet of "By-The-Scoop Dark assortment" from Fashion Sewing Supply.