Hello lovelies!

This month's project was a joy and pleasure to sew up. The story of this project began with the Fabric - the moment I saw this cotton linen mix Ralph Lauren Fabric, it was love at first sight. I didn't know what I was going to make with it but I knew it would be fabulous in whatever form it would become.

The colours are incredibly vibrant with popping oranges and pinks against a blue background. And the dragons! There are dragons interspaced in among the punchy hibiscuses. Love!

I love linen but it does have the downside of wrinkling very easily. This particular linen is mixed with cotton which reduces the wrinkle factor. The surface of the fabric has a lovely texture which I have tried to capture in the close up pictures.

I settled on making it a men's shirt - it reminded of tropical Hawaii and Hawaiian shirts. For that, I used my tried and tested McCalls M6044 Men’s Shirts Pattern

I have made this 5 times already. After making a toile I had to grade from a large at neck and shoulder to a medium at the waist and below. I'd advice making a toile when sewing for another person.

He was a size large based on his chest measurements and I thought the sizing was not too off. The shirt is designed to be a relaxed fit shirt.

Since I am quite experienced with this pattern, it sewed up so quickly especially with the short sleeves. It was the first men's shirt pattern I ever made and I would highly recommend this pattern even for the novice. The flat constructed sleeves make it a breeze to sew.

The seams were all finished with faux flat fell seams. It's when I overlock the seam, press and topstitch on the right side. On the outside it looks like flat felling.

I finished off by hand sewing the buttons. I love wooden buttons. They lend a certain gravitas to any project. Hubs can't wait to wear his shirt to work on Friday. Win!

Thanks so much for reading! Until next time, Happy Sewing!

Hila