This is another favorite shirt of mine, made last year to wear to Thanksgiving dinner at my parents’ house. The pattern is vintage Simplicity 7372 from the 1970s, in a size 8. I didn’t have to make any adjustments---it fit very well, like most size 8 patterns from the 1970s. I’m not sure why the patterns from the 1970s in particular fit so much better and so much more consistently for me---perhaps they were designed for a relatively narrow shouldered, slightly built woman like myself? Because I have had so much success with size 8 patterns from the 1970s, they are my personal preference for sewing, since I can almost always rely on them to need little to no adjustments. I feel lucky that out of all the decades, it is the 1970s that fit me well, since it was an eclectic decade, with wide-ranging influences from the previous hundred years of clothing styles. The patterns often have interesting collars and sleeves, which I like, and long, full skirts, which I also particularly like. Many older patterns are easy to update by choosing a simple and beautiful fabric and keeping the trims subtle as well, unless a more exotic, exaggerated look is what is desired.
This shirt is made from smooth, thick, 100 percent cotton. The disadvantage is that it wrinkles easily and must be thoroughly pressed every time I wear it, but it does iron well, and it was easy to sew. I finished all the seams with faux French seams. The buttons are made of carved shell---I cut them off of an old shirt from the thrift store when it was too worn out to wear anymore, and re-used them on my shirt for their beauty. The buttonholes are finished by hand, since my machine refuses to make automatic button-holes. I don’t mind doing buttonhole stitch---it doesn’t take very long when you get used to it, and doing the finishing touches by hand on my sewing projects is a restful and quiet activity.
Mr and Mrs Rat
Mr and Mrs Rat like to sew.