Readers, I know the changes are subtle -- a muted purple inside collar stand attached to a regular collar -- but I like this version of my tan shirt much more than the earlier one. I've decided I'm not really into shirts with just collar bands; my neck's too long for them, or my face is too narrow. Or something.
I also added purple to the inside of the right button placket, about 7" down.
I cut a new collar stand with tan on the outside and purple on the inside; a second layer of purple serves as interfacing. For some reason it takes longer to fiddle with finished projects than to make new ones.
I've also been working on my black and white gingham shirt. It's almost finished.
Have you ever had your shears sharpened? I hadn't, but I was noticing that mine weren't as sharp as they used to be. Right across the street from the Chelsea Flea Market is Henry Westphal Co., Inc. They've been sharpening shears since 1874 so presumably they know what they're doing. I brought two of mine in on Thursday and picked them up today.
It cost $8 per, which isn't nothing, but it's not the kind of job I'm going to have done often, nor would I know how to do this at home. Much better!
In ditching news, this is the week I'm supposed to post things on eBay, which I'm not looking forward to. I suppose it could wait till next week. Or the week after that. Hey, why not Christmas?
Readers, I hope your projects are going well and, more importantly, that your shears are sharp. Of course, I cut my fabric with a rotary cutter so my shears see much less action than they otherwise might. Still, they do get used quite a bit.
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