I have made my husband a few shirts, but non of them were winners in his book, either because of the fit or the fabric choice. I was determined to get it right this time, and make him a great shirt that he would wear. I was successful this time! Yippie!
Just after I finished the shirt, I took measurements of the changes that I made and applied them to the paper pattern. Then, in order to make a good reusable master pattern, I ironed the tissue pieces onto freezer paper, punched a hole in the top of each piece, inserted a book ring, and hung it up. It sight and in mind!
- Pattern? Why did you choose it? This is McCall’s 2149, An easy men’s casual shirt, with no button stand, or collar stand.
- What fabric did you use? Why did you choose it? I used a 100% cotton, thread dyed, woven fabric from Joann’s. (My husband leans toward blue and blue plaid shirts, so I wanted to switch it up a little by including some yellow.
- Would you recommend the pattern? Would you change anything next time? I like the pattern because of how easy it was, but I changed a few things which I will also change when I make it again. First of all, I added a back yolk by cutting the back pattern vertically about 6 inches down from the neck and then added seam allowance. Second, because the size is for a 42-44, the shirt was a little big for his 42 inch chest. I took in the sides almost two inches! When I adjusted the pattern for next time, I took out 1/2 inch through the horizontal middle of the front and the back, and then adjusted the sides by curving inward from under the arms and down the sides (that way, I saved the the armhole curve).
- Any interesting details? I used a double needle to topstitch everywhere, I attached 6 buttons, not just five. I also made vertical buttonholes instead of horizontal. Also I took care to match the fabric pattern on the sides and on the pocket. There is a bit of bias cut trim on the pocket, as I ran out of fabric and had to make do!
- What do you think of your finished garment? If he’s happy, I’m happy. It was a successful project. Now I can buy better quality fabric and not be worried about it not turning out.
- First worn? We went for a walk during Me-Made-May 2015. He wore his new shirt and I wore one of my Lekala dresses.
Happy Sewing and don’t forget about Indie Pattern Month weekly sewing contests during June 2015 on The Monthly Stitch! There will be lots of fabulous prizes!