Monday, August 8, 2011
Nothing like a deadline
My husband likes Hawaiian shirts. He's found a few cotton ones at Goodwill and he really enjoys wearing them...comfortable and cool. The problem is most of the shirts in the stores are made out of rayon. Rayon and heat don't play well together. When we went to the market days days a few weeks ago, a guy was selling cotton shirts for $70 and up! Some of them were out of fabric at Jo-Ann's...I know because I've seen it there! So my husband said he could make his own for way less than that! Now my husband has made 18th centhury reproduction clothes, all by hand, including the buttonholes! He does a great job, makes nice, small, neat stitches. He didn't want me to make his shirt; he wanted to make it himself! So he did! Here's some pictures of him in my sewing room, happily sewing!
I helped him fussy cut the pattern (gotta get those dragons centered!), helped him a little bit with the instructions (do you know how long it's been since I've sewn clothes?!), and when he got frustrated with the buttonholes, I did that and sewed the buttons on by machine (love that feature on my sewing maching...once sewed 300 buttons on a quilt in practically no time at all...but I digress!) So since the movers will be here in a couple of weeks, he finally got it finished!
Can you see the dragon on the back? I think this fabric would make some very interesting kaleidoscope blocks! By the way, this is McCall's pattern 2149. He did a great job!