It feels as though I haven't posted anything in months, but it has really only been a couple of weeks. I didn't have much of anything to post, but I do now.
This is the shirt I made for the Under it All challenge.
My mother gave me these 4 magazine pages of unknown origin, and they were extremely helpful. (Click for a larger view.)
Loyalist Dress in Nova Scotia.
I cut my ruffles on the selvedge and made them 3.5" wide by 2x the length of the edge they were gathered to.
I sewed the shoulder seams by machine. I figured a bit of machine sewing would be fine since I wasn't using linen.
|One of the 4 neck gussets pinned into place.|
|The top neck gusset in place. There is an identical one underneath it.|
|The shoulder strip pinned into place.|
|And sewn down.|
|I went along the same line I used to attach the ruffles.|
|At this point the inside of the shirt looked like this.|
I gathered the cuff ruffles and sewed them into the cuffs, leaving the ends open.
|The inside of the cuff, pinned.|
|The shoulder seam. I cut the allowance of the gathered edge down by 2/3, |
folded the other edge over it and whip-stitched it to the seam line.
|I turned them all inwards for the gusset.|
The cuffs fasten with one big button and the collar fastens with two tiny ones.
|The top of the slit sandwiched between two tiny triangles.|
|The cuff button.|
|A view of the underarm gusset.|
|Making Dracula hands.|
Fabric: Plain white cotton, given to me by my aunt.
Pattern: From a 1981 magazine article
Year: Late 18th century.
Notions: Thread, 4 mother of pearl buttons.
How historically accurate is it? The pattern is accurate, the construction is partly accurate, the materials are not. The look is reasonably accurate.
Hours to complete: Unknown
First worn: March 3rd, 2014.
Total cost: $0
Sadly, I am going to have to replace all the buttons on this waistcoat. The fabric backs are quite old and are tearing through. Two of the buttons have already popped off.
I am so glad to finally have a decent shirt.
I hope these construction notes are clear enough. It gets rather convoluted sounding when you type it all out.