On a whim, I laid out my Simplicity 3835 pattern pieces on one of the swap sheets. To my delight, all of the parts fit! Allow me to present my new shirt, made from the very soft, perfectly drapey, sheet piece that was sent in by Liz. This material is perfect for a shirt. In fact, of the entirely too many shirts that I’ve made, this is the best by far. It comes closest to the look & feel I’ve been trying to achieve every time I’ve made the pattern. I’m a total convert now to using sheets for this, the older, softer, and more broken-in the better!
I have to say, though, the construction of this garment was fraught with strife. I whipped through the first half of it in 25 minutes. The rest, which should have only taken me another 25 minutes at most, took up a completely frustrating hour and a half. I had problems threading the elastic through the casing. I had problems sewing the elastic together. I had problems with the thread bunching up. And when I’d finally solved all of these issues and had invested all afternoon in the construction of this garment, I discovered a small hole in the fabric. I have to admit I nearly lost my mind over that, but a cooler head soon prevailed and I got an idea. I have iron-on labels that I put on the inside of all of my handmade clothes, and instead of placing it at the collar as is traditional, I just ironed it about 6 inches down and 3 inches to the left, right over the hole. Elegant? No. Is anybody likely to notice? No. Problem solved.
We have some special family time planned for this weekend. We’re surprising the boys with it. I’m going to attempt to stay unplugged as much as I can, so this may be the last you hear from me until Sunday night or Monday. Have a great weekend!