And finally, after months of on and off crazy sewing, the Vietnamese Montagnard Shirt is complete! Since my last post, I added rows of trim down the sides, hemmed it, and added black buttons to the front.
|Gratuitous Instagram pic!|
Although I am proud of my handiwork, there are a few things I would do differently if I ever had to make one of these again:
- Cut the neckline narrower--it dips too low in the back
- Add underarm gussets, maybe. Even though the sleeve was shaped, it still was a bit tight in the underarm area -Sigh- so maybe some tried and true historical gussets can be a solution?
- Cut the chest with a little more room. My friend wanted a "slim fit," and after taking his measurements I compared them with one of his favorite button down shirts which was a slim fit. However, that button down shirt must've been made of fabric with a little more give, because this turned out too tight across the chest and belly.
- Apply the trim differently. I realized that instead of covering up the shoulder seam with the gold trim, I should have sewn the gold trim in a continuous vertical stripe up the front of the shirt, and sewn the red trim over the shoulder seam. Images on Google confirm this, but when I was putting on the shoulder trim I was really burning the midnight oil trying to get it finished for him to wear to a film festival a few months ago. Live and learn!
My final thoughts on this shirt? It reminds me of livery! Especially with all that trim up the front, and the gilded braid!
|Via this lovely and informative site!|