Added Jun 28, 2010
Forest Of Dean /...
At a vintage fair my boyfriend found a red gingham shirt with pearl-topped poppers that he loved but was pretty gutted when it didn’t fit. So I decided that I would give it go and here is the result.
This is my first attempt at following a pattern and I admit that it took me quite while, as had a few issues… I didn’t check the size of the pattern when I printed it out and it was really large, which meant I needed to cut it down quite substantially first. Rookie error.
I found the instructions for the slits on the sleeve quite confusing ( I’m putting it down to inexperience) and muddled through before finding a tutorial for placket cuffs which is much easier. Definitely recommend having a look first.
I changed some of the styling too. I added the section down the centre back panel by sewing the channel first before tracing the pattern piece on top. Also, I redrafted the yoke so that it met this section at a point. The yoke, collar stand, collar, pocket centre and sleeve facings are all cut with the checks at an angle for added interest. I omitted the buttons in favour of poppers. I think the pocket is a little high, as like I said, had a few issues with the sizing but doesn’t look too bad. Overall, not too shabby first attempt at the pattern Jakob.
Red Gingham cotton
11 Pearl snap poppers