Everyone has their least favourite part of sewing, and for me it has to be sewing buttonholes and buttons. I don’t know whether it’s because they always come last, so I’m getting sewing fatigue and wanting to finish, or because they are just so damn boring and repetitive.
Unfortunately, I didn’t think about that before I agreed to make the new uniform for a friend’s cafe – 15 shirts. The closer I get to making the buttonholes, the more I want to run away, screaming. My sewing machine doesn’t have anything as exciting as a buttonhole setting, which doesn’t help. I was going to get my dear brother to buy me one of these buttonhole thingies, but I have no idea whether it would fit my machine and it would mean a lot of time, money and effort for him to get me a thingy that might not even work.
I did get to buy some other exciting new sewing toys though – these are my beautiful new 10″ shears. I love them, and keep stroking them, which is quite dangerous considering how sharp they are. I have never owned real tailor’s shears before, isn’t that shocking? Before I had the Mundial 8.5″ serrated blade scissors, which were fine, until someone in my class tried to sharpen them with another pair of scissors (!!!). Don’t touch my scissors, man. You’d think fashion students would know better – serrated blades can’t be sharpened. My new shears are really, really heavy and I have a dent in my finger from cutting out the first 5 shirts. I hope I never drop them on my foot!
By chance I discovered this amazing bit of haberdashery, which I can’t find anywhere on the internet. It’s a 3cm-wide roll of sew-in interfacing, specifically for interfacing button stands! Amazing. Another thing I hate about making shirts is cutting those long strips of interfacing… and yes, there are things that I like, too!
I’ve found some great resources for shirt making and fitting on that internet – Peter at Male Pattern Boldness has some great information on fitting shirts from a men’s shirt sew-along that he ran, Jen from Grainline has just finished a sew-along for her Archer shirt pattern, and of course the queen of shirts, Pam at Off the Cuff, has loads of musings on shirts. The Fashion Incubator archives is another great place to look (though the technical language can be a little alarming), and I also appreciated this post from Madalynne about neck width, after my first sample turned out to have some nesty drag lines.
Here’s Simon modeling an apron I made myself before the shirtathon, just because. Right – back to the bloody shirts!