Emerald Men’s Shirt

I made McCall’s 6044 about a year and a half ago. I wasn’t pleased with the pattern, but at the time, I had bought two different fabrics to make two shirts using that pattern. Had I enough fabric, the second shirt would have been another Kwik Sew shirt, but alas, I did not.

Since I am still going through my projects in my stash, I intended this shirt to be for learning purposes only. I gave the flat-fell seam a shot and did one starting with the right-sides together and another starting with the wrong-sides together, so I could see which style I liked better. I was sewing it pretty haphazardly (again), so my seams on the sleeve were pretty sloppy. At that point, I decided I didn’t want my husband to wear it because of how sloppy/shoddy it was. But, even after showing him where I messed up, he said he still wanted it.

I soldiered on, and as I added the facing to the shirt this morning, I realized I was suppose to interface both sides of the facing. Arg! I had barely enough medium weight interfacing to interface all the pieces I already did. I shrugged, and told my husband the new problem I found. He shrugged back, and said it was okay, and he still wanted the shirt. At this point, I figured I must have subconsciously been messing up (I’ve never been this far off my game) on purpose because I didn’t like the pattern (nor did I care for the light-weightness of the broadcloth for the shirt).

The best part, is that this time I didn’t slip-stitch anything! Everything was top-stitched and edge-stitched. I don’t know why McCall’s put all those instructions in there for slip-stitching when it’s all going to be top-stitched.

Well, as you can see, he’s happy with it, and I guess that’s all that matters.

Richards emerald shirt

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Completed Men’s Shirt

On the way home from work, I swung by Hancock Fabrics for some shopping (oh, and they had a whole table of seersucker on sale for 50%, but I stopped myself from buying four-yards pink plaid with gold threads). They’re one of the few stores in the area who carry Kwik Sew patterns, and they carry a men’s shirt pattern that has a real placket on the cuff and a yoke in the back. I’m going to give that pattern a try after I find some really high quality fabric. Like the kind you would find in menswear at Nordstrom.

That aside, I did manage to finish Richard’s shirt tonight. He tried it on and said it fit well. I took more care in placing the buttons on his shirt than I did when I made my blouse.  And yes, I took my mom’s advice and double-checked that I placed them on the correct side of the shirt.

Completed men's shirt

Completed men's shirt

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Slipstitching + Layers of Interfacing = Ouch!

Men's shirt, minus buttons and buttonholes

Men's shirt, minus buttons and buttonholes

Save for eating, showering, and going to get groceries, I spent pretty much all day during this beautiful, sunny, 80-degree day, inside working on Richard’s shirt. A lot of this shirt is technical work: topstitching, edgestitching (which wasn’t executed as nicely as it could have been on the collar band), and slipstitching. LOTS of slipstitching. My fingers are still pretty sore, and I was slipstitching quite a bit through the front facing, which is interfaced. It wasn’t as quick as slipstitching a hem on a skirt, that’s for sure!

Regardless, this shirt has been pretty fun, and I have ideas for the next one, like putting flat fell seams instead of overcast stitching the raw edges. And taking more care when doing my slipstitching, even if it means taking a break for a while.

I hope to get the buttons and buttonholes installed tomorrow. I need to learn how to use the buttonhole foot on the Baby Lock too.  Off to watch some TV and do some cross-stitching!

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Men’s Shirt

McCall's 6044

McCall's 6044

A friend showed me this pattern a while ago, and since my husband likes to wear button-down shirts, I figured I’d give it a shot. I had him pick out some fabric, and he picked a light green and a dark forest green. I’m making the light green shirt first, since he can wear it during the summer/fall months.

The fabric I’m using is a broadcloth, and a blend of 65% polyester and 35% cotton, from Fabric.com. It’s a very lightweight fabric, and pretty sheer, so an undershirt (at least with this color) will be a must.

I’ve been looking around on PatternReview.com and the finished product some have made for their loved ones have turned out really well, and gives some inspiration for future projects (especially since my husband’s wardrobe is heavy in stripes and gingham!)

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