Sewing: linen shirt

Linen shirt in black, with black buttons, on a sewing table with pattern pieces and sewing tools in the background.

I’ve been reluctant to make shirts in nice fabric, which tends to be twice as expensive as quilting fabric (that runs, say $8 a yard, or $4 with a coupon). However, I need to make some tarot bags and I generally line them with silk or linen for magical insulation. So I went looking for linen, and found enough yardage for bags and for a shirt.

I made the shirt first.

Ok, it still needs buttons. And all the little threads trimmed off. And I got enough parts for about 10 or 12 bag linings, which is excellent.

But it’s the shirt which really pleases me the most. There are a few finicky details in the pattern that I’m still getting wrong. But they’re finicky details, not major errata — and they’re mostly a matter of attending to specific order-of-operations stuff, or greater precision in marking the cloth after cutting the pattern, not fundamental misunderstandings in the making.

I can say, at this point, that I’m a shirt-maker. And that pleases me immensely.

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    • It is hard to find but I don’t think I’ll make this shirt in anything *but* linen or linen-cotton blends, or really fine cotton any more. Muslin isn’t anywhere near nice enough.

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