Costumes and Performances by Tab Kimpton

The Path to Princedom 4- Authentic Shirt

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Sexy shirt time!

I’m using the shirt pattern from simplicity 4923.

 

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This costume was made on the smallest budget possible so my shirt fabric is an old bedsheet. I had some lace knocking about to use for the cuffs and cravat.

 

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Ironing interfacing to the collar, cuffs and front slit.

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This is the front slit. It’s 2 pieces of fabric sewn into a rectangle with the top left open.

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Gathered the lace and added to to one side of the front slit.

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Pinned face down and sew down one side.

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Then the other! Then cut down the middle.

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Flip and press then you get something like this.

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1cm seam on the shoulder the right way out.

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Trim it down

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Flip it inside out and sew along that edge. This is called a french seam- it’s a way of making sure it doesn’t fray but staying true to the period unlike over locking.

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Gather the top of the sleeve and sew it to the shoulders. I can’t do a french seam here due to the ruffles so I bind it instead.

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Sew bias on with one side open

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Flip it over and sew the bias down the other side.

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Collar is a rectangle. Even if cut stupidly wonky.

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Sew in an ‘n’  shape then attach to the neck on one side. Flip the loose side down and pin it in place then sew.

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Cuffs are rectangles with lace gathered prettily in the centre.

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Sewn and turned ready to press.

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Bottom of the sleeve gathered and pinned to the cuff. Notice that I’ve sewn the seam down the side of the sleeve, leaving a 10cm gap before the end and turned it.

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Sew insides me says the shirt.

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Turn the other side down and sew it to the rest of the cuff.

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Add a little hook at the neck and voilà!  This picture made me realise that I need to wear beige underwear or they’ll show through…

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