I’ve finally jumped on the chambray bandwagon!
Yes, I may be five years behind the rest of the blogging world, but at least I got there in the end.
Mine isn’t quite as slinky, but it’s a lovely little spring shirt and was fun to sew. You can read my full post about it on the Minerva network here.
The fabric is gorgeous but it does tend to wrinkle. I promise that I ironed the shirt before I took these photos, even if you can’t really tell.
Somehow, even though I spent ages matching everything, the pockets have come out wonky at the bottom. Look at the photo – the pocket on my left is about a cm lower than the pocket on my right.
This is DEEPLY annoying, as I swear they were even at one point. I think I caused the wonkiness when I sewed the placket.
Here’s an in-progress shot, you can see that the left pocket has already started to creep down…
I’m not convinced that I sewed the bottom of the button placket correctly, as the instructions were brief and v obscure. So that may be the reason.
Oh well, I don’t think anyone will notice.
If they do, hopefully they’ll just think I have one bosom larger than the other. Better that than shoddy sewing skills.
The instructions for the rest of the shirt were good. They tell you to do french seams all over the shop, even on the sleeves, and I obediently followed. It makes for a lovely clean finish, which is good as this fabric does fray a bit.
I don’t always do what it says on pattern instructions, but I tend to think they know best, even if what they’re saying is obviously ridiculous. Also, I always read instruction manuals, which may be a connected habit.
Just a small insight into my psyche there for you.
You can buy the kit for this project here for £34, which includes everything down to the thread (chosen by clever Vicky at Minerva, and it’s a perfect match). You even get a trouser pattern thrown in by Vogue for no extra! How can you resist?
p.s. You might recognise the trousers from a previous Minerva project.