W is for Wheat

…as in wheat coloured. I made this shirt for Mark for Christmas but struggled to make it fit my alphabet theme – I was rather pleased to think of the title, to be honest.

The contrast on the shirt is a piece of remnant that we bought in Queenstown, NZ, in March and I have hunted for some fabric to go with it ever since. I was initially looking for a piece of linen, but that proved impossible. In the end I bought the wheat coloured fabric in Tessuti, Sydney. Of course I didn’t realise that it was 114cm wide instead of 150cm, so getting the shirt out of it was interesting. I had to cut each piece out separately and thanked my lucky stars that I had the contrast fabric.

I’ve had this shirt planned for some time, then went to Melbourne recently where I was having dinner with a colleague and he was wearing the most amazing shirt with two collars. Forget talking shop – we talked shirts! He buys his shirts in London and they all have contrasting bits and fancy collars. This one had two, but he has shirts with three collars. I immediately decided to go down the two collar route, but didn’t really take enough notice of things such as interfacing weight, etc, and it is a tad rude to start feeling a man’s shirt when he is a virtual stranger.

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The other interesting detail was the piping effect down the front button placket. I thought I could manage this as well. I have to note here that I am full of good ideas but am somewhat lacking in the execution. However, nothing ventured, nothing gained, so I cut out the extra collar (made slightly bigger) and got stitching. I was concerned about the bulk and also how to make it all even. I fiddled around and fretted about the double collar, thinking that it would probably be easier to wear with only one.

I slept on the issue and decided to remove the collar. This involved major reconstruction meaning that I missed the Christmas morning deadline, but I figured that it would be better to get it right.

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Yes, I think this is better.

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I bought buttons for this shirt when I was in Sydney but couldn’t find them – obviously buried deep in my stash, so I used some buttons that I had bought at the Fabric Cave. I bought quite a few of these as I thought they would be useful and they are a pretty good match for this shirt. I don’t think they are vintage, but they are interesting.

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Mark was able to wear the shirt to Cavalia, the tickets for which we received from Tom and Bridgette for Christmas.

The details:

Pattern is KwikSew 3422

Fabric came from Tessuti, Sydney (main) and Fabric Store, Queenstown (contrast)

Buttons are from the Fabric Cave

Fadanista

5 thoughts on “W is for Wheat

  1. Those buttons match so well, they look like a lot of time went into their selection. love the contrasting fabric and where it has been used.

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