I have just finished making my second man’s shirt – I just never got round to posting the first, so time to rectify , and cover both shirts in one post.
Originally this was one of those “ challenge myself” projects . A shirt just seemed a really difficult thing to get right but I had seen some beautiful one in blogs ( can’t believe the stunning ones made by malepatternboldness ) and wanted to give it a try.
In order to give me some scope for creativity I decided to make one for my son, not my husband! I felt the former might be a little more adventurous in what he would wear.
I looked at loads of patterns, and came close to buying a few ( still think maybe MimiGStyle have been a good pick). In the end I bought Simplicity 1544 because I felt it was traditional enough, but would walk me through some of the little touches of contrast fabric( view A)
My son lives over 300 miles away, and I wanted to make the shirt as a Christmas present so I resorted to using an old Shirt for a size guide. Key thing he said was to make the body fitted / not too loose.
For the first shirt I sourced fabric from the internet – ( Doughtys) a fairly traditional shirting cotton.
but I paired it with something more flamboyant – an off cut picked up at a swap , a lovely quality cotton lawn ( I think) with flamingos on it
I also took time to read up on and source some interfacing for the collar in order to get a really good crisp collar, I ended up buying this from William Gee on line
I was pleased with the final result. It’s not perfect . In particular the collar does not sit correctly when buttoned right to the top – but as my son doesn’t wear a tie, this isn’t an issue.
Son was impressed.
His only comment was that the sleeves were a bit wider than he would ideally like.
Well the proof of liking was when he handed me some fabric late last year. He and his girlfriend had bought it thinking she might try making him a shirt, but with starting work this never happened .
This is a very different fabric. An interesting colour choice ( not one I would have guessed at for him) and quite heavy. More like a linen than a cotton.( you can see the texture in the photo collage below)
The lockdown finally got me started on making the shirt. That and a few subtle hints like “ where is my shirt you said you would make?”
So it was very much a repeat process. I adjusted the width of the shirt body as before using the old shirt as a guide. I reduced the width of the sleeves following comments from the first shirt.
Same interfacing used in collar .I used standard heavyweight interfacing in other areas.
Found scrap fabric to use for contrast, but used in slightly fewer places
All seams are flat felled finish ( as was the first shirt
The sleeve placket – I forgot to take photos of this for the first shirt
And due to lockdown a rummage through my button box to find buttons – settled on a dark grey which I think works well.
I took extra care with the collar to ensure it buttoned this time
It was definitely easier making this a second time, even though there was quite a gap between makes.
The finished shirt
I have waited to publish this as the shirt was sent to him for his birthday last weekend. So the update is that he wants white buttons – but his girlfriend will go to Abakhans to get some and do the replacement.
I’m still tempted to try a different pattern for a future make. Anyone got any recommendations? It needs to be slim fitted on the body and ideally with a narrow sleeve, suitable for slim late 20s man.