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Thursday, July 19, 2012

London Polos


The name of this shirt is "London Polo" which, for some reason, has made me think of all the nursery rhymes and songs I know with the word "London" in them. Pussycat Pussycat, where have you been? I've been to London to visit the queen....London bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down.... and many more referencing London.

"Minneapolis bridge is falling down", although also an historical event, doesn't have the same ring.


I think the "London polo" is a very sharp shirt. The neckline is finished with the v-neck band and the collar is simply stitched to it.

This worked fairly well, except my collars are stiff enough they don't want to curl smoothly around the neckband and lay nicely. Interfacing a knit collar seems like a really good idea if you want neat stitching (and I do!). But  if I make the knit collars again, I'll have to use my super light interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply instead of the lesser-quality-but-not-cheaper stuff I've been trying to use up.



Of course, I made two London polos. My only slight dislike of the shirt is that the sleeves seem too long.


To complement Peter's polo shirt, I stitched up these shorts I cut out for him last year. Clearly he's not outgrown them yet.

The plaid trim at the front pockets is a clever design involving the pocket facing folded over at the front edge.

The front fly is faux and there's elastic through the entire waistband.

Originally, the shorts are supposed to be "man-pris", but I shortened them. As is, however, I had a hard time squeezing those cargo pockets on without overlapping the back pockets.

Sources:
London Polo Shirt: Ottobre 3-2009-27
Wailers Linen Bermudas: Ottobre 3-2010-19.



On the homefront, crews have been digging up our road to install a tunnel under the highway. Now we'll be able to access the area bike paths without risking our necks by crossing the highway. Every day or so, the kids like to go down to inspect the road crew's progress.


20 comments:

  1. The shorts are great, and the tops are good too, though I can see that the collar is stiff. Perhaps it will loosen up after a couple of washes? Horrible to be stuck trying to use up something that you don't like and paid to much for! I'm afraid I am frequently in that situation myself!

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    1. Thanks! Luckily, the interfacing wasn't *too* expensive, being the normal fabric store variety.

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  2. The London Polo does look pretty sharp to me too! "london Polo" makes me think of the Olympic Games coming up. As in the polo shirts that all the athletes are wearing to London.

    I wonder if the collar would sit better if the undercollar was a bit narrower than the top collar. I would use the method Sherry uses for underlining. (http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.co.nz/2011/10/more-machine-underlining-tips.html) I recently did this for the flap of a bag that had stiff interfacing in it (http://sewblooms.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/would-you-buy-this.html). I would stitch the outer edges of the collar together, turn right way out, then hold the collar-curled position and baste the raw edges together (they won't be even in the curled position). This way the collar shaping is built in.

    Very sharp outfit altogether!

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    1. Thanks for the advice. I will definitely look into those techniques next time. There's always something new to learn!

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  3. Katherine has a good point. While you're stuck with an interfacing that it's the best, cut the undercollar smaller to help the collar roll better.
    The other thing that will help is washing the polos over time.
    Both polos are really on trend as are the bermudas. My nephew would love wearing this outfit.
    You're such a well dress family.

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    1. I've heard of making the undercollar smaller, but hadn't truly considered it before. But I'll definitely give it a try.

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  4. Cute shirt and shorts. I really need to dig through my Ottobres and see if I have some long shorts like that for my son.

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    1. Thanks! I always forget what I have in my Otto magazines, so it's fun to browse through them.

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  5. Sharp looking shirts and shorts! I've always liked the London polo. I'll have to run it by P and see what he thinks.;)

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    1. Thanks! I don't know what took me so long to make it.

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  6. I love that last photo of the whole crew!

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    1. They love going down to look at the road work. Oh, to be a kid again (:

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  7. I really like those shirts. They have a vintage vibe but aren't overly twee. The underpass will be awesome!

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    1. Thanks - twee was a new word for me!
      I figure an avid biker would think the underpass is awesome!

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  8. I made this shirt recently as well - really like it!

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  9. I agree, these are sharp looking polos! I love how you sew for your kids. They are so well dressed. Super cute picture of all of you too.

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    1. Thanks! I love sewing for them, although it does mean I'm not sewing all those things I want to make for myself...

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