(No, I'm not really going to grouse much... I just liked the alliteration...)
Turns out the lame' shirts were *not* to be made of the knit 'liquid' lame' after all...it's regular ol' scratchy ravely tissue lame'.
I looked at it and asked to renegotiate my contract, as I was under the impression I would be sewing the knit stuff when I agreed to make them. So I was cheerfully told my salary would be doubled.
Ah, well, we're all doin' the parent volunteer thing, right?
Truth be told, I'd never done any actual garment construction with tissue lame' before; the only thing I've used it for was lettering/trim on banners. So I kind of held my breath as I made the first one. And it wasn't as bad as I thought...but you do only get one shot at it. No ripping and redoing here.
Anyway, the pattern is Simplicity 4219; the open collar version. The girls' shirts will be made from silver, and have the flounced sleeve; the boys' shirts will be gold w/a cuffed lower sleeve (I need to see about buttons....)
I cut out 5 silver shirts Saturday, and made up one yesterday evening (I *think* it took about 3 hours):
This one is a Small, but the girl who will wear it is quite tall so I added 2" to the shirt body and 1" to the sleeves. I probably didn't need to do that...this shirt is quite generously sized. So I'm going to take it in tonight and let everyone see just how big a 'Small' is...maybe even let her put it on...and see if I need to recut the other Smalls a little smaller. It's just such a puffy, floaty fabric I'm afraid they're going to look a bit clownish.
But, given the fact that these costumes are for the Troupe, 'clownish' may be just the ticket. So we'll see.