Why Did I Not Make Him A Shirt Before?
Posted in Projects on Thursday the 30th January 2020 by Vicki Ormerod
Hi all, I was in love with the Fabric
as soon as it arrived. It felt so lovely and I loved the mix of colours and the texture..
I had planned to make a long sleeve shirt but changed the plan for a short sleeve. I had a few patterns ready but choose Simplicity 8180
Soon I was cutting out and matching thread. I went for a denim blue thread after some indecision’s about the choice.
A trip to the shop for some interfacing, I purchased medium iron on, which now I realise I will use light weight next time.
I adjusted the light as the MR. is large on the shoulder but not so long in the body so ready to wear shirts are often too long. Problem solved by making a fold and removing 5 cm from the length along the pattern alterations lines front and back.
The fabric was easy to cut out, no moving about while pinning. I did do the naughty again and cut across the grain as I wanted vertical stripes. To date, the shirting fabric I have used seems to be with striped against the grain. If anyone knows if this is the standard maybe they can let me know. I did message Minerva and say maybe they can mention on their sales page which way the strips run on the lovely fabric. The collar was fiddly, differently made than my previous shirts but in the end I was happy with the finish. I chose some buttons from my stash after some debate on colour choice.
When neatening the seams I made bold choices again and used my rainbow thread on my overlocker and one of my favourite tools - the edge stitch foot - came out again for top stitching.
What was funny was the Mr was trimming some trees and I could see him from my sewing room while I was sewing him a shirt - a first.
He tried the shirt on and stood very stiffly (if that’s a word) when I said pins are inside still, but all looked good. I added open seams to the bottom of the side seams for pocket use and we were both happy with the results. The shirt 5* the fabric 5* the alterations 5*.
The button holes worked well on my machine Bernina 580 which I am still getting used to using.
Only time will tell if it becomes a favourite wear, what do you all think?
See you next time, happy sewing and lets make more mens clothes. The Mr needs to have his eyes open for photos but I think he was too scared to move as the shirt was not finished with lots of pins in still.