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5/23/2009

A Linen Shirt....a little rough around the edges

"Distressed" Linen Shirt
Made for a client, this menswear shirt is an original design.
It is made from a beautiful linen from Gorgeous Fabrics that I distressed heavily.

"Roughing up" fabrics is one of my favorite things to do. Usually I distress fabric before it is cut and sewn. This time I pre-washed the fabric just once in hot water and tossed it into a hot dryer to get the "shrink" out. Then I pressed the yardage lightly leaving some fine wrinkles, and cut and sewed the shirt. After it was complete, it went into the wash again, along with several tennis balls....going through several cycles in hot water. Then the shirt was dried in a hot dryer and the result was a soft linen shirt with lots of drape.

The edges of the shirt, its design features, and felled seams are now slightly faded, highlighting them nicely. What looks like white lines on the shirt are actually tiny 16th-inch pin tucks...one on the bias near the right shoulder, another down the front of the shirt to the right of CF, and another pin tuck on the pocket, again on bias.

The hem is straight :) The distressed linen is draping in soft folds.


SEWING NOTES: Hand Drafted Pattern, interfaced with PRO-WEFT Fusible Interfacing from ~Fashion Sewing Supply~, Buttons from ~Fashion Sewing Supply~, Fabric from Gorgeous Fabrics.

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19 Comments:

Blogger gwensews said...

As always, a terrific shirt! You definitely have an eye for detail.

8:05 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

Beautiful shirt, thanks for the tips on the distressing.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Gorgeous Things said...

Wow Pam, that turned out so beautifully!

9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW!

11:00 AM  
Blogger Kathleen C. said...

Pam, You're work is always so inspiring! That's gorgeous. I love what the distressing did to highlight the edges of the seams and pintucks.

11:09 AM  
Blogger mermaids said...

beautiful. simple, yet elegant...and casual. how do you get all of those seemingly contradictory qualities in one shirt? genius. :)

11:29 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

What a fabulous shirt! The detailing is phenomenal.

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Mary Beth said...

Hey Gorgeous, I'm flipping out! It's exquisitely satisfying to see such beautiful work. Sigh & grin.

12:27 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

The distressing is perfect - I love what it does for the personality of the shirt!

12:46 PM  
Blogger LOVE's Sewing said...

Love the shirt and your blog. Please stop by my blog and grab the award I have for you.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Ann's Fashion Studio said...

I love all the shirts you make! I love all the great details.

8:04 PM  
Blogger lorrwill said...

I always learn something when I visit this site!

That shirt looks very, very comfy.

9:32 PM  
Anonymous phyllis said...

Pam that is really sublime...and tennis balls eh? Brilliant! I've always wondred how to get that great fading with no scuffing at the seams. L-O-V-E the tucks too!

5:26 PM  
Blogger Summerset said...

Such an excellent shirt. I'm saving all the men's shirt posts for the next time I make my husband a shirt so that he can see all the little extra details you add. I am planning a shirt for over the summer sometime.

7:56 AM  
Blogger j.kaori said...

I love the pin tuck details!

9:59 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

So cool! You really are so creative.

12:29 AM  
Blogger Lindsay T said...

Your men's shirts are just so fabulous and so expensive-looking. I'm thinking I might try making one for my son...

11:28 AM  
Blogger Liana said...

Just when I think you've done everything possible to a shirt, you come up with more unique, and fantastic, details! Thanks so much for sharing all of them with us so we can wish and drool. :)

9:14 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Interesting! I like the blouse. Neat and creative technique.

11:16 PM  

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