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Topic: Work Shirt & Leopard Print Tie (Simplicity 9469)  (Read 4457 times)
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« on: December 07, 2004 04:24:06 PM »

... so I tried to make a work shirt using a shirt I already own as a pattern. I was close. Among a few minor problems, the shoulders weren't wide enough which caused the sleeves to flare out rather awkwardly. I think I'm going to make it a vest or something soon.

Anyway, since I couldn't figure out an easy way to widen the shoulders, I broke down and bought a pattern so I wouldn't add any more fabric to the "I'll do something with this later" pile (as opposed to the "this is nice, but I have no idea what to do with this, so I'll just keep it around" pile). I've worn it dancing a couple of times now and it's held up to the stress of that and as many washings, so I'm going to call this one a win.

Simplicity 9469 is a shirt/pants/tie pattern, and have thought it might do me good to own a second tie, since the first is a ratty old thirft store tie which is worn through in a couple places and has seams coming apart. The pattern's tie was way to wide for my tastes, so I used the thirft store tie as a guide for the measurements and drew up my own pattern on some parchment paper. I finally put to work at least a little bit of the leopard print fabric I've had lying around for about 5 years now. (I bought a few yards of it on sale thinking it would make an awesome shirt or pants or something only to soon realize that it would make an absolutely ridiculous shirt or pants or just about anything.)

I'm going to take the tie apart soon and remove the interfacing from the skinny end. It's waaaaay too stiff. It ends up causing the entire front part of the tie to lift straight off my chest sometimes.

So, how about some pictures?

As an indication of my absolutely horrendous buttonholing, this is the best buttonhole (of 5) on the shirt (note to self: make button holes bigger next time):


The shrit takes a quick nap on the bed (ignore my pajamas):



... and the requisite mirror in the bathroom shots ...







Please excuse the wrinkles, it's just been washed. Now that I know I'm capable of following directions and making something wearable, I'm pretty excited about making more shirts. Just have to get these Christmas projects finished and finish my thesis and find a job and then.... oh... then it's shirt-making-madness!




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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2004 04:29:36 PM »

Woah, you're cool. Way to go!
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2004 04:33:08 PM »

Looks fabulous!  Who cares what the button holes look like when you have a sweet new tie to cover it up? Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2004 06:23:10 PM »

You made that work shirt from scratch, that's fabulous. I have a leopard print fetish so I love the tie too, so reservoir dogs, I usually don't see spots that big, where did you score it? ( the fabric, that is )...I don't blame you if you don't remember, 5 years ago and all... Terrific post.
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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2004 12:53:51 AM »

great tie! i love leopard print so much.
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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2004 07:18:36 AM »

right on good job, theres a great book and video out called Shirtmaking techniques by David Coffin, that you might wanna check out from the library, I've been a seamstress a long time and I picked up some great tips from it.
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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2004 07:42:00 AM »

very cool. i just made a tie too. i used some scrap denim in lieu of interface. Worked.
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« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2004 11:00:14 AM »

Thanks for all your comments. I really can't wait to make more, there are so many things I want to try. Raglan sleeves, nehru collars, multiple fabrics....


I usually don't see spots that big, where did you score it? ( the fabric, that is )

I'm pretty sure it was at Walmart....before I knew there was a JoAnn's in the mall across the street  (the mall with a Target in it...weird place...) It's a plush fabric with an unfinished gold back side. I've used it to patch some pants and it doesn't hold up very well in the wash; luckily a tie won't get washed very often, so it should stay touchably soft for a while.



theres a great book and video out called Shirtmaking techniques by David Coffin, that you might wanna check out from the library, I've been a seamstress a long time and I picked up some great tips from it.

I don't see it on our university's online catalog Sad . I'll definately look into getting it elsewhere, though; from the little bit of information on amazon about it, it looks wonderful. Too many books I've found focus too much on techniques for women's clothes, and though I've been able to figure out how to adapt what does apply when necessary, it'd be nice to not have to.



very cool. i just made a tie too. i used some scrap denim in lieu of interface. Worked.

Mine is interfaced with scrap canvas.
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« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2004 12:52:46 PM »

just a little fyi, from someone who has made a ton of bad buttonholes. the buttonholes should be about 1/8 larger than the button.
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« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2004 12:55:50 PM »

i like the tie.  it's spiffy
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