06 August, 2012
Monday, Wash Day
A few freshly ironed linen shirts. Love the red one in front, both the colour and the heavy fabric. It's a choice thrift store find, and the modest price was discounted fifty percent which is even better. I mean to cut it up and sew something. Probably a project bag to hold knitting or a spindle and wool. I could make a pinny, a nicer sort than the crumpled red school pinnies we had to put on in P.E. to tell one sports team from another, but I have no use for one.
I checked the red top against an asymmetrical top in drab worn linen I picked up secondhand a while back on hopes of recreating it someday in a nicer fabric. I can get enough fabric from the red top for the main body but not enough for bias binding.
At another thrift store, I got a jacket that's the same label and same fabric as the dress I cut up and made into a project bag this Spring. I want to alter the jacket a little and wear it. For the few dollars I paid, I can chance ruining the jacket's structure and fabric by cutting out the synthetic fabric lining and unpicking the patch pockets. The plastic buttons have to go. I will replace them with shell buttons I salvaged a couple of years ago from a thrift shop dress. The shell buttons have a glossy good side that looks wrong against the rustic fabric but the dull, mottled reverse goes well and as a bonus will amuse me since the colouring is similar to a tortie cat.
I bought for myself a men's linen camp shirt from J.Crew and I took off the pockets. The cloth is chequered and the pockets have bellows pleats. The folds mean that the pattern does not line up and the pockets stand out. Did I mention the pockets are chest pockets? Chest pockets that draw attention to themselves, yes. And now on my shirt they are gone. A small detail can make all the difference to wearability. The beautiful linen fabric closed up in the wash leaving no trace of stitch marks. I will swap out the plastic buttons soon for some thick, white shell buttons from my button box.
When I washed the dishes wearing the camp shirt and the blue linen apron I sewed in June, I looked almost together.