Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Victorian shirt #2 -- Afternoon tea

Welcome!  Today we're having tea.  I'm pulling out the tartan English bone china and wearing Victorian shirt #2 for the occasion.  

This is my own revised version of Folkwear # 202.  The bib sections have been cut on the bias and the placket has been redesigned to simplify construction.  The new placket also eliminates the center front box pleat of the original design.  

The fabric is a celery green and white stripe Italian cotton shirting from Denver Fabrics.  It was wonderfully easy to work with. 

The fabric is very finely woven so I made this version with a doubled back French cuff.  The buttons on the placket are white genuine shell that I found at the flea market.  The cufflinks are vintage pearlized green button links that I found on Ebay.  The steampunk brooch is gift from my daughter.  

It all goes wonderfully with my brocade vest.  I now have two versions of this shirt, and feel prepared to face any special occasion with style! 


  1. Wow! If I were in your vicinity, I would definitely ask you over for tea! You look smashing :-)

  2. I'm in awe! The collar fits you perfectly, the sleeve length and perfect shoulder seam and I could go on and on!
    I particularly enjoy how you style your outfits :-)

  3. Wow! Great job, I'd say you achieved exactly what you were going for with this project. Great job!