You know it’s going to be a great day when you find 11 yards of fabric crammed into your mailbox!
Denver Fabrics was offering free shipping, so I figured it was a good time to pick up more shirting fabric. I probably saved about $13. Admittedly, DF doesn’t have the greatest photos on their website, so I was holding my breath as I ripped open the package.
Yay! No huge disappointments.
So here’s my haul. From left to right. First is a very fine cotton shirting in celery and white. It has a wonderfully silky hand. I’ll use this first and re-make the Victorian shirt with a few more alterations.
Next is a block printed cotton voile. I had no idea what voile is, but I liked the print and the colors. This turns out to be my least favorite of the batch. The weave is quite coarse, like a cheap muslin. I hope it softens up with a good pre-washing. Still, I love the colors and think it will make a fun summer shirt.
Next is an olive and red tartan. This is a substantial fine twill weave. Nothing flimsy about it and well worth $4.95 / yard.
Lastly, a light teal and white oxford cloth. This is a color that I look particularly good in. I plan on making a basic button down from the pattern that I used last year for the MPB shirt sew-along.
Oh, but there’s more than just fabric in the mailbox! This amazing shirt pattern is dated 1964 . Thank you Sassy Cotton for finding this gem. I’m planning on using the voile for this one. I especially love the back view with the pleat and button detailing. There is also a button tab on the short sleeve. I just love this kind of detail, and it’s what keeps me wanting to make my own clothes.
OK. Now dial the “way-back machine” forward to 1975. This pattern is also from Sassy Cotton. If you love vintage patterns I hope you will check out their Etsy shop. My other recent source for great patterns is Wheeler Salvage. Mary has a great selection of very stylish stuff. I could (and DO) look at vintage patterns for hours!
I really think this whole safari look is ready for a resurgence. Do you? Should there be a Summer Safari Sew-Along?
Here is the celery stripe with my brocade vest. My plan is to launch into a second version of the Victorian shirt. This time I hope to simplify the construction of the front placket by making it just a larger version of the sleeve placket. I guess time will tell if that works out. If I have enough fabric I hope to place the bib on the bias.
Lastly, I’m thinking the tartan would make a most excellent tuxedo shirt. I’m not sure how the pleats work, but it could be very interesting.
That’s it for now. It’s nice to have projects in the pipeline again.