what is UP y'all. i've been silently stalking you like mad, commenting in my head on rehearsal breaks and such. oh, the dialogues we've had! the witty repartee! what, you don't remember? are my powers of telepathy waning? must work on that.
i've also been stalking peeps who've made up colette's negroni. big daddy needed a grillin' shirt for father's day!
yes, you're right, i've made one of these before, for ruggy. but his UNDYING FIT PICKINESS made for a less than stellar outcome. (i love you ruggy.) and, according to the fitmaster, i needed to go with a larger size if this was intended for backyard barbecuin'. mommaballoona stealthily measured a favorite shirt flat for me, and i cut with held breath and crossed fingers.
and also some cursing. this fabric hails from dallas' garment district, golden d'or, to be exact, which i raced away to on an unexpected half day off. y'all, they are not lying. everything IS bigger in texas. the district is comprised of warehouses full of yardage, rugs, jewelry, shoes...it's pretty insane. now, bigger is not always better...these warehouses hold mostly closeout yardage. there are treasures to be had, and this cotton/linen blend is very nearly one of them, but when i went to iron after prewashing, i realized the palm trees ran horizontal to the selvege. in other words, that split back yoke you see up yonder is the only pattern piece placed properly. had to go cross grain everywhere else.
oh, the cursing.
i went so match crazy on the pocket, i decided to change up the flap so you could actually SEE the damn thing. and HELLZ YEAH THOSE ARE REAL LIVE BUTTONHOLES. have you seen my late night buttonhole instagrammification? it's a whole new world, yo.
the peeps at pattern review had the usual stellar info on process, which i devoured in short 2am bursts. one of the whopping 23 reviews made an interesting point: going bigger than a size L could send you into grading issues. since this was arriving via USPS, i stuck with large, but redrew the side seam from underarm to hem (after raising the waist 1 1/2 inches. we kalkatroonaans are a petite people.) i was pretty sure this would throw the grain off, but went for it anyway.
did it work, you ask?
i screamed when i saw this shot!!! wait, why are you screaming too? no, no, don't run away, big daddy is not a masked serial killer. he's just a wee bit internet wary, and asked if i would paste this jerry rubin ventriloquist puppet head on his face instead.
(oh yeah, i played jerry rubin via a ventriloquist dummy in a musical about john lennon. as you do.)
hope every dad had a wonderful father's day!