Oh boy. It’s late here on the West Coast and I have just finished attaching my collar and stand to my linen shirt. And I have just come to the realization that I may be making another muslin, not a can-be-proudly-worn-in-public garment. I wasn’t deterred when I realized that I had forgotten to add length to my button bands after completing an FBA to the front. I just cut out another set of button bands. I wasn’t deterred when I realized that I had run out of my favorite interfacing mid-project and that all I had left was too “crispy”. No, I just went ahead and used the crispy interfacing. And I wasn’t deterred when I realized I had put the buttonhole on the collar stand too early and now could not get a nice clean finish on my collar.
I just kept plowing through the process. I was determined to have a shirt. A red linen shirt to wear over tanks and camis with jeans or shorts. I love wearing shirts. I love linen. A beautiful red linen shirt sounded lovely to me. It sure did.
But when I put that collar on the shirt tonight and executed it so poorly, what with the wrong interfacing, the too-soon buttonhole and all, I finally realized that I wasn’t making a wearable garment. I was making a test garment, practicing my shirt-making skills (and badly at that). I don’t think I can bear to show you the attached collar up close, but here’s a pic of it before I attached it.
Can you see how stiff it is even in a picture? I bet I could attach a motor to this collar and it would be sturdy enough to fly.
Have you ever made an unintentional muslin? Please tell me so I don’t feel so alone in my shirt-making hell.
Bonus PSA: If I hadn’t had a good three yards of this yummy red linen, I wouldn’t have been able to persevere with my “muslin”. I cut out countless test plackets, cut two whole new button bands and cut out two additional cuffs. I still have a goodly sized scrap left over too. But if I had bought just enough for the pattern, I would have been out of luck. I bought this fabric from my then local fabric store, P&S Fabrics, about 5 years ago. It was a great buy and I knew when I bought it that it would eventually become a shirt,. I just didn’t know it would only be a muslin though. 🙁
May you sew real wearable garments and no unintentional muslins!