Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Nevermore Shirt

Not named because I am vowing never to make another shirt! The fabric is called Nevermore. Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe, it is a delicious collage of macabre elements and MrC and I are as in love with it as we are with one another!
 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:
the shoulder is narrower but otherwise not a lot has changed across the decade in terms of cut. 
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:
but I just had to get a panel. They are not the right shape for a tablet cover - perhaps an intrepid bag or, if David gets his way, the back of a waistcoat? :)


  1. Oh wow, that fabric! What a fantastic theme for a fabric range - no wonder you fell in love with it! :-D

    1. I know! It is so terribly cool! And it will match my Oscar Wilde kitchen tiles, if I ever get them installed hehehe.

  2. Beautiful fabric - its going to look fantastic made up!

    1. Thank you! Choosing buttons is the next fun challenge!

  3. Somehow, I read Nevermore and thought Neverwhere instead... that could be a cool fabric, too.
    I love the slim cut of 70s shirts (and 70s men's clothes in general)! Not so much the wide tie, but it could be useful for when I cut up thrifted silk ties for fabric. :D
    Good luck!

    1. I wonder if I was subliminally influenced - loved the book Neverwhere, bought the DVD and watched the first episode and have no desire to watch any more of it, it creeps me out! This all happened about the same time I got this fabric.
      Question - is Neil Gaiman the Edgar Allen Poe of our time? Discuss! h ;-)

    2. Very late, but: I've only read very little of Poe; overall, I think Gaiman is more concerned with Characters and Stories, and his short stories are much more Poeian than his longer works.

  4. Dear Mrs. C.,
    Fun pattern for sure: it will be super made up into a slim shirt: very of the moment; we're looking forward to your husband modeling your handiwork.

    Very best,


  5. Ooh I have that Simplicity pattern too! Sounds like perfect fabric too.

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