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Feb 13, 2016

Vintage Camp Collar Shirt: Simplicity 4160

Simplicity 4160, a camp collar shirt and vest pattern, dates from sometime in the early 1960's.

Why I had this pattern in a Size 42 chest I couldn't even tell you -- it must have been part of vintage pattern lot I won on eBay.   As it turned out, this week I happened to need a Size 42 shirt for a client and I decided to muslin this pattern, but I ended up just making a real shirt with a vintage floral cotton fabric I found last year at a local street fair.

There's nothing unusual about Simplicity 4160.  Even today, it's not a difficult pattern to find on Etsy or eBay.  If you've ever made a camp collar shirt before, you'll be familiar with the construction.  The final shirt is a few sizes too big for Michael, but he was happy to model it for me and even wore it to lunch with a friend.  In retrospect I wish I'd made it in his size because he loves the fabric.

The background is salmon pink with crimson flowers and gray curlicues.  It's pretty but not especially high quality. 

There's a wide facing under the two shirt fronts whose edges are folded under and stitched -- very standard.  I always interface my facings (as well as my collar and cuffs) with a lightweight woven or knit fusible.

The shirt has long sleeves and single-button cuffs and, rather than a standard men's shirt placket, it has a continuous lap placket finished with bias.

I think the nicest feature is the collar.

I rarely add pockets to shirts but I decided on the single left chest pocket that's part of the pattern.

I'm not sure what I'll do with this shirt; maybe sell it, maybe give it to someone I know.  I wear camp collar shirts, but mainly in the summer.  I find a standard collar with collar stand more flattering.

Have you ever made a camp collar shirt for yourself or someone else?

Are you a fan of the style?

Have a great day, everybody!

(Watch me attach the back yokes with my Elna Grasshopper here.)


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How I Use Social Media

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How did that happen?

Feb 2, 2016

Sheer Fabrics for Men - YEA or NAY?

Readers, I think of myself of as open-minded and I know you are too.

But it is my opinion that sheer fabrics, lace included -- as in that Versace number up top -- don't do most men any favors.  Do you agree?

Jan 20, 2016

2016 EPIPHANY: I don't have to sew EVERYTHING!

I don't know if if it's because I'm a Taurus or just naturally bullheaded, but for the last few years I committed myself to sewing everything I wore and to wearing only what I'd made myself.

Jan 17, 2016


Readers, great news!

I've decided to organize an MPB winter event: the first annual MPB Winter Frolic, on Saturday, March 5th.

Jan 15, 2016

Jan 13, 2016

Decluttering 2016 -- Keep or Toss?

Readers, as you know, the ongoing challenge of preventing my stuff from overwhelming my apartment and its inhabitants has been a theme here at MPB since the beginning.

Jan 11, 2016

Michael Models His Liberty Shirt!

Michael's shirt is finished and you can see it on the man himself here!

Jan 7, 2016

First Garment of the New Year!

Happy New Year, everybody!

Dec 28, 2015

Peter's Holiday Hijinks + Another Tunic Shirt!

The last week of the year means festivities, friends, family, and sewing fun!

Dec 23, 2015

A beautiful knit shirt and I didn't make it!

With the exception of fabric, I don't get offered a lot of freebies.

But I did get an offer recently that sounded interesting.  A company called The Uniform asked if I'd like to sample a shirt they manufacture -- a white knit shirt styled exactly like -- and potentially a substitute for -- a formal men's dress shirt.  I said, sure!

Dec 20, 2015

Sewing For Money + Flea Market Finds

Behold my latest shirt, made for a male client.  I love this plaid fabric, which my client actually purchased himself and brought to me, unusual in my business thus far.

Dec 18, 2015

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