The shirt that would not be photographed (well sort of)
When I saw the theme for this week I knew exactly which pattern I was going to use (a rare thing for me).
I don’t have a great deal of vintage patterns and I certainly don’t have a ‘vintage’ figure, but I do love the old styles and was determined to use McCall’s 2167 from 1957. It is a single size – 18, and I have been cutting out patterns in size 20 according to my bust measurement but I have come to the realisation that 20 is too large and I am better off doing an 18 and an FBA.
This was a good thing as I had been procrastinating over getting started because I was going to have to grade up my pattern. At the same time, I didn’t want to use ‘good’ fabric on something that was only a test piece. Enter a torn sheet. I will use a section of the sheet as a new press cloth but I can definitely recommend a 1000 thread count sheet for a toile.
The pattern calls for rick rack and decorative stitching. I didn’t want to do that for a toile, but did play around with the machine stitches, even going to the effort of fussing with the colour (light, medium and navy blue). I did a turned-under seam finish. The collar is in two pieces that create a lovely tulip shape at the back of the neck while the front has a lovely open neck. There is a second style in the pattern which has a double-button and loop arrangement that looks more formal and I will have to try it some time.
The only problem I had with the pattern is that I was too lazy to lengthen at the waist. I knew I needed it but didn’t do it. I will make this pattern again as I like it and I also have the original transfers (unused!) with the pattern.
⁃ Fabric: sheet
⁃ Pattern: McCall’s 2167
⁃ Year: 1957
⁃ Notions: interfacing and 4 cottons
⁃ Time to complete: 3 hours
⁃ First worn: for photos
⁃ Wear again? probably for knocking around the house over summer. It is lovely and cool
⁃ Total price: I call this a freebie.
I had such an annoying time trying to take pictures of this shirt. I blended in with any wall I stood in front of or kept chopping my head off. (I’ve been using the tripod). Whoever thought a white shirt could be so annoying to photograph!