Simplicity 4160, a camp collar shirt and vest pattern, dates from sometime in the early 1960's.
Why I had this pattern in a Size 42 chest I couldn't even tell you -- it must have been part of vintage pattern lot I won on eBay. As it turned out, this week I happened to need a Size 42 shirt for a client and I decided to muslin this pattern, but I ended up just making a real shirt with a vintage floral cotton fabric I found last year at a local street fair.
There's nothing unusual about Simplicity 4160. Even today, it's not a difficult pattern to find on Etsy or eBay. If you've ever made a camp collar shirt before, you'll be familiar with the construction. The final shirt is a few sizes too big for Michael, but he was happy to model it for me and even wore it to lunch with a friend. In retrospect I wish I'd made it in his size because he loves the fabric.
The background is salmon pink with crimson flowers and gray curlicues. It's pretty but not especially high quality.
There's a wide facing under the two shirt fronts whose edges are folded under and stitched -- very standard. I always interface my facings (as well as my collar and cuffs) with a lightweight woven or knit fusible.
The shirt has long sleeves and single-button cuffs and, rather than a standard men's shirt placket, it has a continuous lap placket finished with bias.
I think the nicest feature is the collar.
I rarely add pockets to shirts but I decided on the single left chest pocket that's part of the pattern.
I'm not sure what I'll do with this shirt; maybe sell it, maybe give it to someone I know. I wear camp collar shirts, but mainly in the summer. I find a standard collar with collar stand more flattering.
Have you ever made a camp collar shirt for yourself or someone else?
Are you a fan of the style?
Have a great day, everybody!
(Watch me attach the back yokes with my Elna Grasshopper here.)
With the exception of fabric, I don't get offered a lot of freebies.
But I did get an offer recently that sounded interesting. A company called The Uniform asked if I'd like to sample a shirt they manufacture -- a white knit shirt styled exactly like -- and potentially a substitute for -- a formal men's dress shirt. I said, sure!
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