I finished this first shirt months ago, and have not posted it yet because I've been meaning to add lace ruffles to it, but since I haven't done that yet I may as well post it now. (I also realized that my old off-white lace might lighten up with some careful washing, and so may be better suited to a white shirt than an off-white one.)
I started it about 3 years ago, so it's another item off the Unfinished Things pile!
|I only found one construction photo, but that's ok|
because the construction is the same as usual.
It started off as a pale purple linen, which for some reason I cut out and decided to make a shirt out of. After sewing the shoulder seams and one side of one neck gusset I realized that it was a terrible colour for a shirt, and it would not suit me at all.
Mama offered to take it to school and dunk it in the Indigo vat that happened to be set up at the time (They do them once a year for the natural dye class) and I agreed. After it was dyed, I put it in a bag and put the bag in my linen stash, and there it remained until two weeks ago when I dug it out and finished it.
It's mostly machine sewed, with hand finishing on the insides of the cuffs & collar, as well as the underarm gusset and shoulder seam finishes. All the sewing is with silk thread.
|This bit is rather awkward to fit under a sewing machine, |
so it's easier to finish these little seams by hand.
|As with the other shirt, they are rather smaller than I'd prefer to make them today.|
I'm sure it'll improve after some more washings though.
|A shitty dinosaur to illustrate what happened.|
LBCC Historical. I shall have to make some more earlier garments to better go with it, as it's just doesn't fit well with the 1780's - 90's.
Here is a picture of me at a post-Halloween party on November 3rd, with slightly disheveled hair.
And some photos from the same day when I tried on a different waistcoat.
|I still don't know what I'm supposed to do with the top front section,|
and there are some stray wisps of hair, but I am pleased with the curls!