I surprised my husband with a new shirt this week. I like to try as many different Lekala patterns as time allows and I tend to make most of them for me. But a girl can only wear so many things, so I decided to try this short sleeve men’s pattern. I really like the fabric, however my husband is just ok with it. Please tell him that it looks great! He’s more of a plain shirt guy, who gravitates toward blue and green, plaids and solids.
Fabric: 100% cotton, tan birds on navy blue
Pattern: Lekala Shirt – Sewing Pattern #6027
Notions: 7 buttons, fusible interfacing
Time to complete: 6 hours
First worn: June 1, 2014
Wear again? He will wear it, just to please me, I think.
Total price: Fabric $15, buttons $4.oo, pattern $3.oo
The photo location is right across the street from my house. They just bailed the hay yesterday, and so we took advantage of this country farm backdrop for a few fashion photos. He is always taking pictures of me in my handmade garments, so it was fun to be on the other side of the camera.
Men’s shirts are easy to make. There are no darts, or set in sleeves. If you take your time, serge seams, and topstitch, you’ll end up with a very nice garment. Buttonholes can be challenging though. I have a new machine with an automatic buttonhole attachment. On my old Pfaff, you pushed the 1, 2, 3 buttons, and it was pretty straight forward. I never had a problem with them. My new Pfaff buttonholer is sensitive to any seam or extra thickness under the attachment. It will just do it’s own thing, and not make the correct buttonhole. I’d like to have a machine just for buttonholes. Is there such a thing? I wish I had one.
There are fun Indie Pattern sewing contests going on this month over at The Monthly Stitch! My company Lekala.co is one of the sponsors with pattern bundles for the winners. There’s a contest each week, so there are plenty of opportunities to enter, or just enjoy the show! I hope you will stop by. I’ll have a few entries in the contests, so I’ll greatly appreciate any votes you may cast my way. xoxoxoxox