First up, the shirt.
I fell hard for this double gauze fabric at Stonemountain and Daughter while I was in CA for my daughter’s recent wedding. If you’re ever in the Bay Area, make sure this store is on your itinerary. It’s a sewist’s paradise. All I had to do was touch this fabric and I was sold. It’s incredibly soft. I knew it would make a luxurious shirt, and it did.
I had never seen double gauze, let alone worked with it, so I was a little apprehensive headed into this project. The two layers of fabric are “tacked together” by a single thread every 3/8″. It’s completely imperceptible on the fabric’s right side, and barely visible on the back. I had no problem with the layers separating, but I still handled it gently. I will most likely always handwash this shirt.
I have to admit that I really enjoyed not having to match anything on this shirt! This is my TNT shirt, a vintage Butterick pattern that I’ve tweaked to my liking. It’s a basic baggy buttondown, which I find comfortable to wear.
This time around I added a storm flap on the left which buttons over the top of the chest pocket. I interfaced the top edge of the pocket to keep it from sagging down when the flap is unbuttoned. The buttonhole is done in a dark gold thread for a little extra pizzazz.
Homer, of course, had to get in the act!
The shirt is interfaced with Light Crisp fusible from Fashion Sewing Supply. It was the perfect weight for the fabric. I can’t recommend their products enough. I’m also wearing a pair of Jedediah Pants from Thread Theory, a pattern I love.
Spring is a short season here in Maine, so I’ll fast forward to Fall….
Here is the completed bomber jacket. This has been a fun project for me, and I’m pleased with the way it turned out.
I learned a lot of new skills in the making of this jacket.
- I learned how to work with a walking foot.
- I learned how to grade a pattern up a size (thanks to Instagram followers!)
- I learned how to install a snap (so much easier than I imagined)
- I learned how to shorten and install a separating zipper into a lined garment
- I learned how to work with knit ribbing
- I improved my plaid matching abilities
We’re ready for long walks when the weather turns cooler. I have LOTS of left over fabric, so maybe Homer will get a matching jacket (Minus any ribbing!!!)
As always, I appreciate all the support that I receive from the sewing community. Be well, and happy sewing.