B-52 Rock Lobster Shirt
Posted on Tuesday the 9th October 2018 by Saturday Night Stitch
The moment my husband saw this Fabric he recalled an eighties rock tune “Rock Lobster”. As an RnB/Hip Hop/Disco/Dance girl myself, I had no idea to what he was referring to. A quick search on YouTube and I was left whelmed (neither overwhelmed nor underwhelmed). The point is that it became known as the B-52 Rock Lobster shirt from that moment on, even before it was cut out.
There is something about those lobsters on cotton poplin – they are so charming with the little eyes that feel like they are winking at you. I liked the fact the print is not directional which made pattern matching across the front a bit easier. The fabric sews and presses well. I love a fabric that takes a steam iron beautifully; one of my favourite bits of this project was pressing the seams. It has a smooth finish on the surface. Though it is a poplin it has a slightly similar drape to chambrays which was a surprising revelation when I opened the parcel. If you’d like to see it in motion I did a fabric haul of my Minerva makes fabrics on YouTube here – Fabric Haul Video.
The collar came out so crisp. I used contrast fabric in the slate colour way for the inner cuffs, under collar, under placket on sleeve and inner collar stand. I considered using the red for more pop but I think the lobsters on their own didn’t need anything extra. There are four colours ways to choose from.
I decided to flex my drafting skills and draft a shirt pattern for him that didn’t have a center front button placket. I did this because he has some M&S shirts that don’t have a button placket that I like. Instead of a separate button placket I drafted from the center front to add half an inch for the fold line then double the width of the placket to fold up. I didn’t do a line of topstitching either. The folded placket is held down by the buttons one side and buttonholes on the other.
After he tried it on I realised that without the separate button placket and topstitching it creates the look of a dress shirt usually worn with tuxedos. I am curious to see who this will look with a plain fabric. Incidentally, I placed the buttonholes between the lobster claws. These are the little things that make sewing such a joy!
I also wanted to make him a slimmer fit shirt which I did by adding two fish eye darts at the back so it achieves the tapered look at the waist that is a marker for slim fit shirts. I am very proud of how the shirt sleeve placket turned out – I ventured outside of my comfort zone to try out a new way of sewing it and it turned out to be the most impeccable shirt placket I have yet sewn. I used the excellent directions on Off the Cuff – A Shirt Making Blog which I highly recommend for anyone seeking to take their shirt making game to the next level.
He is very pleased with this shirt – especially the fit. He likes the look of a slimmer fit. But mostly he was proper chuffed when his workmates also immediately thought of B52’s Rock Lobster when he rocked up to work with it. I leave you with the first verse the song:
We were at a party
His earlobe fell in the deep
Someone reached in and grabbed it
It was a rock lobster
Thanks for stopping by and until next time, Happy Sewing!