Great stuff in the mailbox

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.  

4 thoughts on “Great stuff in the mailbox

  1. I made that fabulous safari suit pattern in a lemon yellow for a friend a few years ago. I hope you make it and I will happily do a sewalong! There has been an enormous resurgence of interest in safari suits in Australia over the past couple of years. I think you'd look great in one. What colours would you choose?


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