Archive for Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

October 25, 2011

Oh, come on now, of course you can make a shirt for the boys or your “hubby,” your “sweetie,” your favorite fella. “Oh, no! No,” you say. Take a good look at his shirt: plain seams, turn the pocket edges under two rows of stitching around the edges of them. If the pockets have flaps, same thing. The collar: just plain, no curves, like the one on the blouse you just made. Very little easing in that top-of-sleeve seam, not gathering at all like the blouse you just made.

I once made matching shirts for my three sons, fully grown at the time, and their dad. Those guys wore those shirts until some were becoming threadbare.

One day my elder son, Ernie, asked me to take his extra tall lightweight canvas shirts and make a throw coverlet for him. He is 72 now and likes to stretch out on the sofa and watch TV. He likes to go camping. Such a quilt or coverlet is also great for picnics or to carry in the car. I imagine it will travel some, also.

I cut up the underarm and sleeve seam, took the collar off, folded under and flattened the yoke area and buttoned the shirt fronts. He likes that lightweight canvas and takes an extra tall, so I had a lot to work with. By the time I was done it didn’t turn out too bad, and it surely is different.

I made the whole thing fitting just to or over the edge of a twin bed. Hey, he’s thrilled: “Great job, Mom.” On a project like that, just let your imagination take over and have fun.

Pass on those hugs, now.

Love, and God bless you all.

— Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie 66086;


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