I bought some lovely screen printed fabric some time ago. I was taken by surprise at the hairdresser, a place I don’t usually have to resist the urge to purchase fabric. She had a lot of designs from Injalak Arts (from Oenpelli, Northern Territory) for sale and… I came away with this one: Kuluban (fruit bats) by Selina Nadjowh). If you like it as much as I do, it turns out Injalak Arts are selling on Etsy. They are ‘a non-profit, community enterprise’ set up to benefit Indigenous artists. So do support them if you can.
Here I am near the start, applying part of a stained, worn old tablecloth as interfacing.
There was a bit of a placket crisis when I was intent on stitching the plackets one night and realised that I’d traced them from another pattern without instructions. Evidently I had also chosen a different sleeve construction (one with a placket in the main pattern section and not on the seam). I had created a whole new pattern piece for the sleeve, which had a placement line and slash line. Not much help there….
I have made this pattern many times but it has been a while, apparently! I assumed I could fudge the plackets, which in the end, I did. Here they are in their quite-good-but-not-perfect-glory.
The collar assembly in process.
Recycled buttons came into it. I just can’t go past the pearly ones. I might have preferred smaller buttons, but actually these are good on such a bold print. I chose the button side and the buttonhole side the way I thought looked best with the print. I’m not a big fan of buttoning up one way for boys and one way for girls, and I think I have shirts constructed both ways. When sewing a shirt I often choose depending on which front has least wonk factor. This time, not too much wonk at the front.
The back, where you can see quite a bit more of the fabulous fabric. To be honest, my experience with shirts is that you can do anything you like if you have an awesome print. People don’t seem to notice how many of my shirts are from the same pattern, for instance (maybe they are just too polite to say)… and no one else cares about how I did with my plackets.
And here’s the front! I think this shirt will be fun….