Farewell blue sky, hello rain and gales… I have yet to fall for Fall coming suddenly out of the blue and giving me the blues. With outside temperatures barely exceeding 14 degrees over the last few days, I feel like London is being shown the red card by Mr Weatherman until we are blue in the face! No wonder I see all red now – not literally thankfully – as the sudden change of weather gives way to a more suitable colour palette in my wardrobe: enter the grey shirt with red dots!
I recently talked about making a dress with the red & grey cotton fabric but project priorities – and fabrics – had to be reshuffled but be rest assured that as I write this blog, a dress project is already on its way!
So what can I tell you about this shirt? Well, I decided to go back to using commercial patterns. When I did my first shirt, I used a Vogue pattern but at the time, I was more worried about the construction of the shirt than ensuring a perfect fit as I followed the size Small all along and quite luckily came up with a good result. The other two shirts I did right after were based on a basic block which I adapted to my size so I felt a lot more confident when I used the McCall’s Pattern M6044 this time round and adjusted it to my own measurements. I chose model E on the pattern which brought new challenges such as doing long sleeves (it was about time!) and having a yoke both at the front and back of the shirt.
The yoke was surprisingly very easy to do. When I did the Elephants shirt , I chose a contrasting back yoke by cutting one piece for the back of the shirt and another for the yoke before stitching them together as you would normally expect. For this pattern, I had the full front and back of the shirt to which I pinned and sewed on top 1 back yoke and 2 front yokes, closing them by edgestitching along the pressed edges. Nice and easy really and I chose a red fabric which matched the red dots on the grey fabric (I also chose this contrasting fabric for the cuffs and the pocket flaps).
The long sleeves were the main challenge but it went fine in the end…well nearly…as I swapped the left and right sides and ended with cuff buttons showing at the front instead of the back (duh!). Let’s pretend that was for design sake and frankly, it doesn’t bother me too much because this is not a formal shirt after all. I will be more careful next time obviously!
The cotton fabric feels very soft and comfortable on the skin and when I wore this shirt for the first time – along with my handmade black trousers and matching hat – I felt like it was a perfect outfit to wear when playing music or attending an Indie concert such as Radiohead or The White Stripes!