Hello all once again! Just wanted to let you know that I have indeed finished my husband's shirt this morning! It looks really nice with the topstitching on the collar and the cuffs put in properly. The best way to add the cuffs is to create the pleats first then stitch in place. For the collar stand to finish the stitching on the facing, baste it in place first, it will stay in place and for the few minutes it takes to baste it will make life MUCH easier for you in the end. As for the cuffs, you know how when there are two sides of something and one side goes in perfectly and the other side no matter what you do it just does not want to work? Well this was the case with these darn cuffs! So I remove the one and try again only to find out that I removed the proper one and not the faulty one!!! GRRRR! So a good lesson in patience, replaced the good cuff AGAIN and removed the other one and finally fixed it!
I just wanted to say that if any of the ladies in this particular bridge class "happen" to be in the area and "drop" in to see me when I'm there I can offer some advice on how to proceed seeing that we didn't quite have enough time in class to properly go through the whole process.... It was just quick demos and hope for the best!
What I learned during this class is that an old shirt that fits well is the best way to get accurate measurements for the collar, stand and cuffs. Once you know what the pattern pieces should look like then it will be very easy to figure out the dimensions and shape them accordingly, already in class there were some people who shaped the cuffs like the ones on the older shirt. That is exactly what I want to see happen, take the instruction and then make changes to suit your particular taste or lifestyle.
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"