Saturday, 19 January 2019

2019 Make Nine - #1 Self-drafted Shirt

My first Make Nine 2019 is done!  It's number 6 on my list, and is a self-drafted shirt.



It's a bit tricky to see the details, so I'll describe.  It has bust and waist darts, and is shaped with waist darts at the back.  




The sleeves are three-quarter length, and have French Cuffs.  These are twice as deep as a normal cuff, and fold back on themselves.  Then the extension doesn't overlap, but both sides lie flat against each other, and are secured with a cufflink.


 

 
 

There are no adequate words in the English language to express how delighted I am with these!!  They turned out exactly how they looked in my head!  I won't go into details here about how I drafted and sewed them, as I've written a seperate post about it here.  

This gorgeous fabric is a viscose challis from Like Sew Amazing, which (at time of typing) is still available - always happy to enable!  I stablised it with spray starch, which made it very easy to cut and sew.

And I'm wearing my shirt with my second pair of Helen's Closet Winslow Culottes (the first pair are here).  I managed to accidently make these with some jersey fabric, which is a jersey crepe from The Cotton Print Factory Shop in Belfast. 


I was so taken with the lovely texture and colour, that I didn't realise it was a knit fabric until after I cut out out.  I stablised the waistband with a woven interfacing, and it worked like a charm.  Also, I totally realise that I'm channelling the The White Stripes with these colours, (which I've been doing a lot lately...)

All in all, I flipping love this shirt and culottes (if you hadn't guessed already!), and if you want to read about how I drafted and sewed the shirt's French Cuffs, then please see my post here.

Have a great week,

Lynne


6 comments:

  1. I have no idea what French cuffs are but they look great and I really like those buttons!

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    1. Thanks Helen! I wanted button shaped cufflinks, but they turned out to be a bit pricey!!

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  2. What a classy look! I really like the way you've drafted the shirt and shaped it with the darts and it falls so beautifully in your fabric. The cuffs are stunning. Thanks for the details on how you've drafted and sewn them. I'm just beginning to get into using viscose. I'd been using mainly cotton and knits till recently. It's been slightly trickier to handle for me but worth it for the way it drapes. You look fantastic in this outfit Lynne.

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    1. Thanks Elaine! Honestly, this fabric is amazing, it drapes so beautifully. I'm just delighted with how this shirt turned out, and I hope the how-to makes sense! I'll find out soon when I refer back to it to make a second. It's going to be from some cotton lawn. Good luck with your viscose sewing, I find spray starch is perfect for it.

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  3. It's a lovely shirt Lynne, and the cuffs look great - they're a nice detail to make it stand out from lots of other shirts!

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    1. Thanks Ruth! Having worn it now, I wish I'd interfaced both sides of the cuffs. But I know that for next time.

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