Luxury of linen

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The shirt fetish continues, and my DH has another custom shirt hanging in his side of the closet. This one is linen – a  beautiful taupey beige that will look great with a selection of pant colors. This is the first linen shirt I have made, and it went together like a dream. I think I only ripped a small section of the neckline to remove a little bubble – other than that it was a piece o’ cake.

Again, I just have to say I double-heart David Page Coffin’s shirt placket technique. I think it looks so “Brooks Brothers”and I find his process to be very simple. Well, maybe it is simple because I have done it 18 times now.  🙂  Anyway, I am very happy with the outcome.

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My DH loves buttondown collars. And especially in this heavier linen fabric, the “cut on” under collar process is the ticket. Anything to reduce bulk in the collar points.

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Another thing I have learned after making 9 shirts for DH – nix the fusible interfacing. I have tried several different types, but I find some, especially woven fusibles, tend to “bubble up” in the dryer.  Yeah. You know that  Becky-Home-Ec-y look.  Just screams “homemade” instead of “custom”. I know, I know. If I just popped his shirts into the dryer for a few minutes and then hang till dry all would be well. But sometimes things happen in my house that cannot be controlled. Like dryer regulation. So I find it safer to use a traditional woven, non-fusible shirt interfacing on DH’s shirts.

I am pretty sure it is time to make a pretty spring blouse or skirt for me next…or maybe go back to my bustier that got waylaid. 

 Happy sewing!

Maris Olsen

2 Responses to Luxury of linen

  1. Susy says:

    “a beautiful taupey beige that will look great with a selection of pant colors”. AND it will look great with a selection of ink colors! A beautiful shirt, Maris.

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