I have finished my 8th shirt this morning and given it to my D Mike for Father's Day here in the UK.
I had one of those moments last night when I sewed on the 2nd sleeve with a flat felled seam, looked at it and then said @!****!@ I had put it on the wrong way. Have you tried unpicking a flat felled seam on a black jacquard fabric sewn with black thread? All I can say is thank goodness for my illuminated magnifying glass.
My plan was to finish the shirt last night, because I have cut out some beige pants/trousers that are part made, and also bought some beautiful orange cotton to make a jacket with. You recall I bought some orange shoes and bag recently, well my beige pants, and orange jacket will make up a particular look that I saw in a RTW catalogue that I wanted to copy. However, by the time I had unpicked two seams, on a fabric that also liked to unravel, I was too grumpy to finish it last night.
I woke around 7am this morning and left Mike fast asleep in bed and crept upstairs to finish the shirt and give it to him today. He loves it and I am pleased with the end result.
I mad one minor change to this shirt. While I was out shopping yesterday I saw a shirt in a shop window with a contrasting bias strip sewn to the hem line, where the back and front pieces are joined. I cut two 1" bias strips of the skull and cross bone fabric and stitched it on the curve of the hem, this give just another tweak to the same pattern.
I have two more shirts to make to meet my quota of 10, however when shopping for buttons yesterday I bought a lovely two-tone oxford broadcloth, and a beautiful purple and blue shot fabric. I already have some more fabrics that I had bought for shirts, so I suspect that Mike will get more than 10.
Here is the end result:-