Hey Minerva Makers!

It’s Vicky of Sewstainability here but the eagle eyed among you might notice that it’s not me in the pictures! For once I got behind the camera as I’ve been doing a bit of sewing for my husband. He’s been asking me to make him some things for a while now, so I showed him the selection of Thread Theory Patterns available on the Minerva website and he was instantly drawn to the Strathcona Henley.

I really like the look of Henleys, they remain nice and comfortable to wear but look a little bit different to regular t-shirts. I absolutely love this pattern because as well as the Henley view, it has a regular t-shirt option, and a choice of long or short sleeves. So I don’t think I will ever need to buy another t-shirt pattern for my husband!

When I asked what kind of jersey he wanted, he said grey (clearly we need to work up to the bright yellow that I am drawn to) so I had a look around for the perfect grey. As soon as I saw this lovely anthracite grey Cotton Jersey I knew it was the one. My preferred jersey for t-shirts like this is a cotton/elastane blend – soft and natural fibres blended with the excellent recovery of the elastane. This one is has 95% cotton and 5% elastane so it has really good stretch and recovery and I love that the colour is slightly marled.

This t-shirt is the first placket I have ever attempted. For a clean look, I chose to make the placket out of the same jersey but there are instructions for you to make it out of a woven fabric to make it easier to sew. I wish I had gone for that option as the stretch made it a bit shifty and the placket isn’t quite as neat as I would like. I think if I had made the placket out of some grey linen or chambray it would have added interest and would have been WAY easier to sew. Why do I never make life easy for myself?! Despite saying that, I am pretty pleased with it for a first attempt, and now I know how it works I am confident that my next one will be better (and there will definitely be more!).

The gorgeous finishing touch are these Olive Wood Buttons. My husband loves them and I suspect he will be requesting a shirt with these in the very near future. I think he would gladly have them on everything from now on if he could get away with it. Fortunately, I don’t mind - I think they are really attractive and the woodgrain adds a nice bit of interest.

Despite the small flaws that seem obvious to me, my husband loves his new t-shirt and has asked me to make him lots more. He says it’s comfortable and wears it as soon as it comes out of the wash so I think we’re definitely onto a winner! The paper pattern was lovely too and even came with a little sew-in ‘Thread Theory’ label which I forgot to sew into the shirt until it was finished! Argh! Never mind though, now I definitely have to make him another one to use the little label in.

As always, thanks to Minerva for supplies! Incidentally, I don't think I have ever had a Blogger Network project ready SO ahead of time before - my husband wouldn't stop pestering me for his t-shirt so this was rushed to the top of the queue! Anyway, until next time, happy sewing!