Recently, I cannot make a buttonhole on my machine to save my soul anymore. It's all out of sequence and it needs a tune up, but I'm broke and have no time to spare.
So, what if.... I make a shirt with a standup drape collar and use a huge men's shirt and use the button placket that's already there? I can usually get better fabric in shirts from the thrift store, and this Alexander Julian poly/cotton is a great example. And six bucks? You'd be crazy not to do it.
|My hands are not blue. My eyes are.|
It's not like I'm saving myself any time, I have to remove any pockets and hope the stitchline doesn't show when I'm making it up.
I do have a recent sloper from the pleated shirt....
|Tracing for alterations|
All it needs are some adjustments for ease and a collar. And maybe I move the dart from the side to the top shoulder seam and make it a pleat....
|Darts on the move|
|Slash pattern at new dart, pivot piece to close side dart. Tape!|
|Add fill to new dart so pattern piece does not tear|
|Adding collar extension at top center of piece|
I need to match up the length below the waist (where this sloper stops)
Carving it up very carefully. I may need every inch (I have done this surgery before, I know me all too well, I make too many unplanned-for changes on the fly)
I'm using the sleeve placket, mostly for detail. It will be closed at the bottom by a band.
I'm going to use the rolled hem as much as possible. In theory, I am, anyway.
Trying to match thread to what I have; this is a good representation of the color,
Line up the collar to the back seam (I have left out some less interesting moments in construction along the way)
|Added a bit of scrap, pre-shrunk ribbon to cover exposed seam|
|And back to the bottom of the sleeve|
And now I have to stop. I have quite the cold going.