The agony of sewing a shirt

It’s a. shirt…

To me that means it has a collar stand – instant angst.

As I write, I am confounded by changes in WordPress. Suddenly my browser is not supported. And the screen looks really weird.

Nonetheless, and moving on, I decided to revisit the Saraste Shirt, from the ‘Breaking the Pattern Workbook’ from Named Clothing. My first version, below, was Size 3 and a bit small. So I took out all those pattern sheets from the workbook and drafted Size 4.

For me, the most difficult and tedious part of this shirt is the collar/collar stand. It’s not hard! but it is, as I said, tedious.

To compound my native issue, my fabric is a stretch broadcloth. The added lycra just seems to get in my way at times. Practicing stitches on scraps is really really important to ensure the stretch factor is accommodated.

More later! Meanwhile, here’s a pic of a Cuban white tree frog who soaked up the sun on my front porch yesterday. He left overnight, messy little guy… Ciao! Coco

10 thoughts on “The agony of sewing a shirt

  1. Yes, those collar stands are a pain, but the beautiful shirt will be well worth it.
    By the way, there are different ways of putting together the collar and stand – perhaps you just need to find another method that will make the process less tedious?


  2. Ah, yes, the angst of a collar stand! I feel the same way about buttonholes! Patience and care will pay off, and you will have a gorgeous white shirt that you reach for again and again! (your first one is lovely!) xo, Nancy

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    1. You are an inspiration to me in so many ways. I do sew a lot of knit fabrics and fabrics with stretch. Possibly because I’m female and I can and do wear them. Perhaps, men not so much, although I’m intrigued by the stretch pants that I see on guys. I get that. Isn’t it fun 🙂


    1. Hi! because of the stretch in the fabric, I used tricot knit fusible interfacing. The lycra adds so much body to the fabric that the body of the stand was not an issue. To the contrary, I wanted an interfacing that would not inhibit the stretch and flow of the fabric. Ah…I did practice with both non-woven and woven interfacings. I seem to spend a lot of time in practice with my fabrics when sewing 🙂


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