Of all the garments I have sewed over the years, shirts and blouses are the most numerous. I was inspired by the book, Shirtmaking by David Page Coffin, especially by the picture at the front of the book that shows his closet with all the shirts lined up in rainbow fashion. I do not even have to follow the instructions in a pattern anymore and can sit down and sew the shirt in a day or two, off and on. I have picked up many hints from books over the years to make the sewing easier, but my favorite is to do away with the neck facing, because I do hate a flapping neck facing. I use a bias strip instead which makes for easy finishing and wearing.
This is the green shirt I am making for my daughter. It has a 3/4 sleeve with cuff that I designed.
The pumpkin-colored shirt shows the completed bias finish.
Here is a recently completed summer purse that I made from my stash of decorator fabric samples. The pattern is ‘A Mail Bag’ from Favorite Things except that I left the flap off because I didn’t have enough fabric.
As soon as I finish the green shirt I am going to start the tunics, or so I hope.