I’m in the middle of writing a post about my interview with the exciting new Canadian full-bust designer Miriam Baker, but it won’t be finished by today, so if you visit her website and have a burning question, be sure to ask it in the comments so I can cover it in my post (of course I’ve already asked about price range and sizes!).

Meanwhile, I truly am learning to sew a classic white shirt. It’s taken me almost two years to reach this point, but last week I finally attached a collar and collar stand to the yoke of a practice shirt I’m making for Mr. Campbell.  The same consultant who is teaching me to sew has also finished correcting my 8M pattern, so I’ll be sewing some practice 8M’s, too. (Let me know if you’re interested in purchasing an as-is practice 8M for the cost of the materials and shipping.) Once the new pattern is graded, I may sew the 2M and 16M samples to test that everything measures to spec, but  ideally I’d like to find a real sample maker for those (and those samples may be for sale, too).

Facing my fear of sewing is turning out to be incredibly gratifying and rewarding, so I hope you’ll excuse my smug look in the picture below. It’s also extremely laborious. I’ve spent more time ripping out seams than sewing them.

practice shirt front

practice shirt back