The Sheer Button Down Shirt I made more than a year ago continues to be one of the most popular (and worn!) things I've sewn here, but alas all plastic-y stash fabric busters must come to an end.
In the Fall of 2012 I got a lot of wear out of this shirt (one of my favorite pairings was wearing it under a navy sweater--who knew pale pink and navy would look so cute together?), but one day, as I went to put it on, I noticed something awful...this cheap, mystery stash fabric, which had given me so much trouble when I was sewing it because of how slippery and prone to fraying it was, had begun to fray through the seam!!
And once I noticed this large spot of miserable fraying at the should seam, I found two more spots--where the neckband of the collar met the front of the shirt, and inside where the yoke met the neckband (this was the biggest one).
|The offensive fabric of the yoke unraveling. And please, please ignore the sweat stains.|
|Under the neckband.|
|Come on!! Both pieces of fabric are fraying--curse you synthetic material monster!|
Good thing the shirt was made of such God-awful, fussy, filmy fabric, so I didn't feel too sad for too long. The shirt sat at the bottom of my closet in a pile of UFO's until a few weeks ago, when at the local Wal-Mart my mother found the most lovely pale pink, perfectly drapey fabric--for only $1 a yard! Naturally, I bought the whole bolt of 8 yards. Sadly, this beautiful find also falls into the mystery material category--the bolt classifies it as (get this) "Remnants of Undetermined Fiber Content, Hand Wash Cold"...gee, thanks! I think it might be viscose...At least it's legions nicer than the first pink mystery fabric.
|Look at that soft, drapey $1 a yard goodness! Thank you, fabric gods!|
What I'm working on now is deconstructing the first shirt and using it as my pattern for this newer, better version. This time, I will be eliminating the pleats at the front--I just don't think this fabric has enough body to handle it. I might also make the button placket a smidgen narrower. Stay tuned!