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Harry's linen shirts

Harry's linen shirts

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Someone extremely lucky got to go on a free trip to Cuba through his job, and panicked that he would be very hot. I was asked to make seven linen short-sleeved shirts, and bartered him down to five.

This was a Kwiksew pattern that fit fine out of the envelope - with other shirt patterns for Harry I have had to widen the shoulders and shorten the sleeves, but as I was doing short sleeves and the shoulder width seemed OK, it was pretty simple.

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I love the linen colours, they remind me of sorbet. There was enough leftover fabric for some matching handkerchiefs.

The pink, green, yellow & white linens were from Fabric Fair in Brighton, and the blue from My Fabrics (online). The thing that surprised me the most was that even though I used the same pattern with no changes for all the shirts, there were some subtle fit differences with each one. I would put this down to a combination of minor differences in the fabric and perhaps my own inconsistency / accuracy in cutting and sewing. Think it shows even the smallest aspects will affect the final garment.

I think repeating the same pattern so much in short succession meant I really got to grips with flat-felled seams - by the last one, which I think was the white one, they were looking really top-notch.

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Self-drafted trousers (Aldrich method)

Self-drafted trousers (Aldrich method)

Kommatia knit dress

Kommatia knit dress