Nevermore - Quoth the Raven, from Michael Miller. The bird cages are about 5 inches tall.
I also bought a yard of this, no idea why but I love it! Nevermore- Edgar's Pens. Yum.This was another pattern matching mission though. Like the peacock fabric, it has no repeats across the width, only along its length, and so the two fronts were cut out in what looked like a mad and random way - the first at one end, the other floating around in the middle of the fabric a few feet further along!
Luckily, there was just room in the 3 yards to match the fronts and still cut out the other pieces.I have had to move the pocket down a little to match the pattern, at the expense of the turnunder along the top so I will have to fiddle with that. With the two fronts and pocket, that is three lots of repeats, and as the repeat is less than a shirt length, I really could have done with another, but I would have had SO much fabric left over, again.
My pattern this time is Simplicity 5325. I love this pattern, it is from 1972, and has all those great early 70's features like a slim cut and big collar. The collar has rounded points - I'll be sharpening them up however! And take a look at that tie - it is fully a third the width of the waist. Sexy...
Compared with our Goto pattern to date:
What I particularly like is the "proportional sleeve" pattern piece - it is drafted to the longest length and has two places to shorten it. For my beloved long armed hubby, they are perfect just as they are! This little touch of acknowledgement that maybe people sew because they are not a standard size is something I wish we saw more of in today's patterns.
Anyway, all cut out now - no photos however as I left the darned camera at the shop.I don't have time to make shirts but I am just itching to create things!
The next step is all that fusing and marking. I really enjoy the preparations for a make - getting all of this done first really helps the construction to go smoothly.
Today I leave you with the other fabric I bought at the same time. I have not decided what to do with it yet: