Sunday, April 6, 2014
TSW Zen Shirt, Version 2 is Complete
This has been an a ongoing project for quite a while, but made in fits and starts. Unlike the previous version, I made this one according to the recommended techniques on the pattern's Guide Sheet with French seams, miters, top stitching, and so forth. Every once in a while it's nice to make a project this way to renew fine sewing techniques. I especially like the hidden placket, which I will need to adapt to other patterns in the future.
It does look a bit plain on Miss Acme (and she's definitely looking worse for wear), but I assure you that it's a beautiful fine cotton in real life, with a hand that's crisp yet silky to the touch. How I miss the day's when JoAnn's would buy such nice things from its jobbers! Here's a view of the back with its deep pleat:
Just for fun, I played around with various ways to style the most notable feature, the double collar.
Both folded down
One up, one down
And most likely, open at the neck
If I make this again, I'm leaving off the button and loop detail at the neck. I want to like it, but it's a challenge to sew through all the layers involved, and not really that functional. Other than that, this shirt offers some nice details and as sewn, it will be a good base for accessories.
I'm not sure what's next. Spring has arrived, although it's still a bit chilly. I'm feeling the need to sew up spring-like fabrics such as linen. Perhaps a re-sort of the Sewing Cave is in order.