Saturday, 19 July 2014
My Old Gardening Shirt
It used to be a smart long sleeved shirt blouse, and I wore it until the collar and cuffs frayed. Then I cut off the collar and sleeves and used it as a gardening shirt.
The other day I noticed that it had worn so thin that it might disintegrate next time I wore it, which could be embarrassing.
What I particularly like about the shirt is that none of the seams gave out - they lasted longer than the actual fabric. The side seams are French seams...
... and the yoke is double layered, and held firm with a double row of stitching.
This is why it has lasted so long and was so comfortable to wear. It was made in India of 100% cotton, using straight stitch machines. In the1970s, 80s and early 90s I always used to look for cotton blouses and shirts made in India because I knew that they would last. This shirt is roughly the same age as my son, who is 25.
For the past few weeks I have been thinking of making another pattern for a sleeveless summer shirt. I intended doing some serious pattern drafting and making a toile in muslin. Then I realised that I had been wearing the ideal toile - this old shirt, which I know is a comfortable fit. This afternoon I have cut it up to make another home made pattern.
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