I worked from a vintage "Carefree" McCall's pattern from 1978. I made version "A" (the swarthy guy in green gingham): a Western shirt with bias-cut pockets, yokes, button placket and cuffs.
On Wednesday I visited my favorite fabric dive on 39th St., H&M, and picked out some $2-per-yard cotton (or so they claim) prints.
I decided to start with this one. I originally thought it was cotton, but I've since seen it for sale at Metro Textiles: it's Pendleton wool.
Thursday: Here's the front with pockets (no flaps yet), yoke and button placket.
Top stitching on the edge of my pocket flap. I did this all with my Singer Spartan: http://picasaweb.google.com/PeterLappinNYC/SingerSpartan192#
I didn't use any edge feet since they don't fit my low-shank machine.
Thursday night: Fronts and back attached. It's hard to see the pockets flaps, since they're not cut on the bias and blend in with the background pattern.
A problem I had with the pattern was that the arm hole was too narrow. I ended up tracing a Butterick pattern I've used in the past (you can see the difference in the photo -- the McCall's pattern piece is on the bottom).
Oh, and I have a new table for sewing. I found the white laminated table top in the trash. The base is a folding table I bought last week at Staples. So now I have about an additional foot on the left, where I need it. I still need better light though; I sew in the kitchen.
Friday: Stitching the inside of the collar.
Ironing the outside collar band on my ham before stitching it closed.
Sleeves attached (French seams!). Still need to close sleeves and sides and put on pants.
Close up of collar and yokes.
Left collar and yoke.
Getting there. I love those bias-cut cuffs.
I used these vintage plastic buttons bought at a local street fair in Chelsea. They're 5/8 of an inch in diameter.
Very happy with back yoke; it has 3 points.
Left breast pocket. I decided not to put buttons on the pocket flaps. This shirt is busy enough.
Right pocket flap.
Inside collar. Nice and flat.
Am I the only one who finds the smell of Dritz "Fray Check" nauseating?
French seam on inside.
French seam on arm scye.
More French seams.
On a few on my French seams, I caught some fraying from the wrong-sides-together seam, which I'll have to carefully trim. I should have trimmed first.
I used my hemmer foot for the first time. It worked, but struggled over the places where seams meet, so I'd have to stop and start again.
I like the way these look, though as you can see, there's a bit of raw edge caught in places.
Saturday morning plaid overload.
I started this as a birthday present for Michael, but it was too tight in the shoulders for him, so guess who gets to keep it.
Don't try this at home.
Remember the opening credits of "That Girl?"
Plaid looks good with my jeans: http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/readreview.pl?readreview=1&reviewnum=43622
Sometimes only a pistachio bench will do. (P.S. -- if you look closely you'll notice I put my cuff buttons on backwards!)
Wondering what I should sew next.
Michael in the shirt. It's tight in the shoulders but it does bring out the blue/green in his eyes.