It has been years. Decades perhaps. However.
This is a yoke seam with built-in pocket, from a vintage Vogue pattern. The pattern instructions specify French seams. Mine are definitely not as small as Vogue wanted me to make them (1/8") but they are not too bad and the inside of this shirt is definitely as pretty as the outside. In the end, it may be more so. I have yet to make the buttonholes...
I found a tiny scrap of the original fabric. Chinese silk brocade, with tiny woven birds. Fabulous stuff, found in (if memory serves) Fanny's Fabrics in Regina Saskatchewan. I wish I had more of that silk.
This version is made of lightest silk and cotton blend, purchased in Montreal during PR Weekend in June, 2010. I hauled it out of deep stash thinking it would look great with my cashmere skirt. Now I'm aiming more squarely for summer wear.
By the way, did you notice the somewhat rumply white fabric upon which my new airy version of V2281 was resting? It's 100% linen, 3.5 metres. It is pretty beefy and, realizing the futility of trying to maintain its crisp smoothness, I tossed it into the washing machine and dryer to soften it up.
Some of the linen is destined to be a pair of summery cropped pants. The rest ... perhaps a skirt? Any suggestions as to what silhouette I should aim for? Don't be shy - give me some ideas!