Whatever happened to princess seams in menswear?
I made Simplicity 8255 (up top), which dates from 1969, about four years ago. I used a floral sheet, so the seams don't really pop.
I ditched this shirt a while ago, as the novelty of wearing used cotton/poly bedding wore off. But I was thinking of making the princess-seam version of Butterick 4575 (below) for my black and white gingham shirt, just to keep things interesting.
Speaking of which, today I tried on my version of View A from this summer and I decided the color really is too close to my skin tone to be flattering.
So this morning I removed the collar band.
I was thinking of replacing the band with a standard shirt collar made out of the purple cotton I used in Cathy's 1920's pajamas. It's much more flattering -- on her anyway.
Or else I could make the outside collar the same tan, but make the inside collar stand purple, as well as the right button placket, which peeks out at the neck a bit -- something to bring the purple close to my face. I rarely rework old projects, but I do like that shirt and I would wear it more if it were less drab.
In ditching news, I pitched another item that, like those old push-button phones, I had planned to get rid of a while back but had had second thoughts. Today I was decisive.
I love the lines of my Sixties-era Sony portable black and white TV but it serves no practical purpose and is a big dust magnet. I'd tried to sell it on Craigslist, but the market for old TVs, like the market for old phones, is weak. Anyway, I put it downstairs and it quickly disappeared.
Also, this Western-style shirt, which I found at Goodwill about four years ago. I never wore it out of the house.
I always loved how the main label says "Handcrafted in the USA" but the side label says "Made in China." Which is it, guys? (Let me guess.)
And that's it! Much more actual sewing in the days ahead, so stay tuned.
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