This post is a little bit of show-and-tell. I came into a large piece of Fortuny printed cotton recently. For those not familiar with Fortuny, Mariano Fortuny was active in the early years of the 20th Century, and gained his fame from, among other things, his stenciled cottons. This piece of fabric is just that. His cottons are still manufactured in Italy from his methods, and therefore are extremely costly. So that I got my hands on a 7-yard piece of this opulent fabric–well, I cannot tell you how excited I was! Here, I’ll show you the fabric and the resulting shirt, and then share my technique for finishing the armhole on this somewhat stiff fabric.
This photo shows the piece, partially unfolded. It’s a metallic gold on a ground of curry-gold twill, with an extremely long repeat, gigantic at 36 inches, to be exact.
Along both of the selvedges is a printed border, and you can see here the stamp of authenticity right next to this border.
I decided to make a shirt from some of this exceptional fabric, but liked the back side better than the front–it looks like a metallic batik. Here’s a photo of the finished shirt. (For the record, with the remainder of the fabric, I’ve made a pair of jeans, and a jacket with the gold on the outside–rock-star pieces that I absolutely CANNOT wear together. Unless it’s Halloween.)
And here’s a detail shot, to show how I used the border, for the cuffs and front placket. You can see better, the way the fabric looks like a batik from the back. And inside, is the gold–it looks so opulent, even flat on the…