The “P.S. I Love You” Shirt
This week I managed to make that white button down. I think button down shirts are one of my favorite things to make. I like all the hand work that goes into it and the fit is amazing. I guess that’s one of the reasons we make our own clothes. It’s nice to have a garment that’s made for the uniqueness of your body. I have used this pattern a couple of times now so I didn’t think it was necessary to show it off so much. I have 3 or 4 other shirt patterns I’d like to try sometime-I keep going back to this one because it’s already been altered. I decided to eliminate the back seam by cutting it on the fold and made the cuffs longer because I ended up cutting 4 pieces instead of just 2. What I forgot to do was change the shape of the collar. This one is a little dainty. Next time I’ll make it wider and pointier.
My 1960s inspirations came from Twiggy-
And the Beatles-
I bought a tie at a thrift store and opened it up to make it wider though I just realized that mine is a lot wider than hers. I chose one with flowers because of the whole Flower Power thing but kept the colors neutral because I thought it was edgier that way. I wasn’t planning on actually wearing the tie but now that I look at it I think I may clean up the edges and add some interfacing to it and see if I can make it work. The Sartorialist is coming to Chicago for a talk and book signing and I plan to be there in this suit and maybe a slightly thinner version of this tie.
The shirt is simple with no topstitching at all. I wanted it to be as clean as possible. Basic white.
I think it’s time for a new camera. My skin tone is the same color as the brick wall.
Pattern: McCalls 6124
Fabric: 1 1/2 yds lightweight cotton from stash and 12 buttons from one of my husband’s old shirts plus 1 used tie $1
Time to make: I don’t know-maybe 10 hrs from start to finish
First worn and wear again: I wore this to work yesterday and will definitely be wearing it again
Total Cost: $1 (Nice!)