It’s a favourite I turn to every year or so: McCall’s M6124. This will be the fourth (in my closet -not counting the various one I have since decided were made of atrocious fabric and gone to the charity shop). The fit is just right and I love the princess seams.
Routing through my fabric stash last weekend I pulled out a lovely blue and green flannel plaid and decided it was time to make my old favourite again. I carefully cut out my pieces so I’d have a better chance of matching the lines and set of to make my best version yet. I carefully finished my seams (with both a zig zag and pinking shears); I took pains to make the side slits even and nice; and didn’t take short cuts.
This weekend I did the cuffs, the collar, buttons and button holes. After covering my buttons (having not found any I really like I decided to go the extra crafty route) I made my button holes. I was feeling pleased with myself that using my new fabric marker it was easier to do the placements. That was until the came to sewing on the bottom button and realising that despite my numerous checks and measuring, the front right was an inch longer than the left. Having checked that they matching not half an hour before, the only logical conclusion I have been able to come to is that the fabric grew.
But this put me in a pickle as shortening it, would make the use of the bottom button whole redundant and an eyesore. Then brilliance descended upon me. I would sew the bottom button hole onto the front piece (with the stitches on the backside – only possible because the self cover buttons have loop holes). Ta da. I then put a snap on the bottom so it doesn’t flap and give away my sneaky cover up.
So volia a new comfortable, warm nice looking shirt – made with minimal stress! Do you have a trusted favorite that you always go back to?