- The simple windowpane weave
- The color
- The weight and hand of the fabric -- lightweight, almost sheer, and nearly-sateenish but not quite
- The buttons... three holed, not two or four
The label on the shirt reads "Liberty broadcloth", and whether it means THE Liberty brand or not, it was a very well-constructed shirt. After I showed my 6-year-old son the cool three-holed buttons, he asked me to make something for him from the shirt.
Can I just say that the number of interesting sewing patterns out there for boys is minimal and completely uninspired? No big surprise, as boys' clothes off the rack are boring and uninspired much of the time. Combined with the fact that my son has a long track record of not appreciating what I sew for him, I limit my sewing for him to Halloween, mostly. Luckily, I had this vintage pattern in my stash. His chest, waist, and back length measurements matched up to those on the pattern envelope exactly.
After sewing women's clothes for so long, I couldn't believe how quickly this boy's shirt went together! The pieces are so much smaller and thus faster to sew, and I only used 3 pattern pieces: front and back bodice, and the sleeve. I re-sized and re-used the collar, which I am not sure I would do again. This is a very high-quality shirt and the interfacing in the collar is very stiff and sturdy. It's not really flexible enough to be resized for a 6-year-old boy and sort of move with the new shape and dimensions of the shirt. Also, the collar now looks a little 70's Saturday Night Fever, which I don't actually mind but it's very exaggerated on the new shirt.
The bodice falls off the shoulder by a good inch and a half, which is not how shirts are made today, but this is exactly how the illustrations look on the pattern envelope. The thing that got me was the extra ease in the sleeve. I tried to sew in one sleeve using the tutorial on Mary Nanna's blog, which is credited to Palmer Pletsch, and I got sleeve poof! Sleeve poof is not in the pattern envelope illustrations, so I assumed it was operator error in trying out the Mary Nanna --> Palmer Pletsch method. I sewed in the other sleeve using the 2-lines-of-gathering-threads technique I'm used to, and that sleeve came out poofy, too! So I'm thinking I will need to shave a bit off the sleeve cap to eliminate the poof. I was going to try to fix it in this shirt, but Louis wore it all day yesterday and it didn't bother either of us. We'll go with it.
BTW, this pattern is so OOP that I don't know if I should bother doing a PR.com review -- what do you think/ do?
I still have a dress I made during my Vegas trip I haven't shared with you. Next time.... Hope you have a great weekend! xo