Burdastyle had a pattern sale just before Christmas and I couldn’t resist. But that’s the whole point about sales – they want you to chuck caution to the wind and just buy shit. And I did – 5 pdf patterns for £10.
You forgot about the headfuckery of Burdastyle pattern instructions.
They’ve got shit pattern instructions down to a fine art. I just can’t work out their business plan. “Lets make fun sewing patterns with devilishly rubbish instructions so that people will howl with frustration chuck the pattern across the room and vow never to buy a Burdastyle patterns again until the next sale”.
Seriously Burdastyle if that’s your business plan you need a new business advisor cos it makes you ejits.
Anyhoo. Thankfully there are some wonderful blogs out there who could calmly talk me through the process of making my first ever tailored shirt. Step forth the wonderful Male Devon Sewing. I don’t know if you’ll ever read this blog but if you do I owe you some serious beers. You saved my sanity!
The fabric is some lovely soft chambray from Minerva online. I can’t remember how much it was but it was probably cheap because I’m cheap.
I made the collar stand and inside of the cuffs from a fun spotty fabric leftover from I Wish It Wasn’t Pink Dress I made my daughter. Its a nice contrast and makes me think all my husbands shirts should in future use material from my daughter’s clothes because it makes me happy.
I learnt a huge amount making this shirt.
I learnt that there are no short cuts in tailored shirt making. That it’s a really precise job. There are no bodges. There are no short cuts. Just methodical, patient, precise sewing.
Which probably means it should be impossible to buy a tailored shirt for under £50. The fact that we can probably means someone somewhere in the chain is not being paid fairly. Whether thats the cotton farmer, the garment worker or the shop worker I don’t know.
So here we go. The lovely model that is my husband hamming it up right in the middle of the village with people gawping at him as they drive by. Except he has no shame and probably quite liked it.