Backstory: Continuing from the last post, after the mockup turned out okay, it was time to buy the final fabric and put together the shirt. I wanted to use natural fibers with breathability for the sake of being able to be worn year round, but I also wanted to make it seem like the shirt had been worn, damaged, and repaired by replacing part of the front with a different fabric. I decided there should be a poorly thought out pocket on the front, and some sort of patch/reinforcement on the shoulder. I bought four fabrics.
|The texture of the offwhite is hard to see |
because apparently it's shiny(?), but it is linen.
What I learned: If I were worried about it looking "professional" or "commercial," I would have had to think about how I was doing the pocket a lot more seriously. But since I'm going for dystopian future with self-taught and under-skilled craftspeople, looking poorly done isn't a problem.
What I might try next time: More hand sewing. I machine sewed everything, using matching thread where the stitches would show, then hand sewed over it. If I were to do it again, I might machine sew only what absolutely needed to be or wouldn't be distressed, then hand sew the rest.
Final Thoughts: The shirt turned out pretty close to what I wanted. Next comes the distressing.