Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Menswear by Metropolitan Frock: The button back shirt

I've really missed Etsy's Alchemy. It was a great place for people to ask for whatever they wished to be created by a talented Etsy artisan at a fair price. And it was a great place for someone like me to make new and interesting garments or crafts for someone who's desired item didn't exist or was hard to find. 
Well they've brought it back...sort of.  About a month ago, I joined the Etsy team called Custom Order Corner:  The New Alchemy.  The same principals apply, a requestor posts a thread requesting to have something made; An artisan sends a convo to bid on the item(s); The requestor selects the perfect bid and negotiates the details with the artisan and then the fun begins. 
For the past month, I've had the unique opportunity to work with a fellow Etsyian to create a stylish men's shirt that he saw online.  

 Here's the original inspiration shirt from a French website (go figure)

Work in progress...Elements of the first concept

And the second...I shipped this sample for him to try on for "size". Hmm...minor problem with the dimensions. 


Third times the charm...Redrafted pattern and made the necessary adjustments, i.e. shorten sleeve about 2", narrow cuff ~1", taper waist to a slimmer fit & bring in shoulder about 1/2 on each side. First virtual fitting I've ever done. :)  
Success! Fitted to perfection!

The client was very pleased (despite the serious look) and I was totally shocked and thrilled with the result. 

Maybe I'll delve a little into menswear again for a while. 

Stay tuned, there's more to see! 

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