For Christmas Loren wanted me to make him some shirts. I did make him one but it turned out too small. He loves button ups so I told him pick out some fabric (from a selection I put together) and I will make a button up. He chose a charcoal fabric from the Robert Kaufman Manchester collection. I have been wanting to make him a shirt with decorative pearl snaps and this fabric was perfect for it.
I used McCalls version E. Version E is more of a western look, perfect choice paired with the fabric and pearl snaps. I used this pattern when making his shirt for our family pictures. It’s a good pattern, I am just very loyal for indie patterns. There is just something about me and commercial patterns that doesn’t mesh well. Commercial patterns remind me of my high school sewing classes that I despised. Back when I thought sewing was all about rules, perfection, and lack of creativity. Is that a weird experience or did anyone else have that?! Anyway, point being, Im not big on commercial patterns.
I do really love this finished product though. It fits him very good. The only thing he mentioned was he likes his collars really stiff. Next time I will try interfacing both collars instead of just one. He also mentioned maybe making the sleeves 1/2″ longer. Other than that the fit is perfection. Just minor personal preferences.
I am at the point in my sewing journey that I love looking at the finished products. Its so exciting to look at this shirt and think, man that could have been a $70.00 shirt from Nordstrom and I totally just made it for $25.o0! You can’t beat a custom fit + quality. Sewing just rocks. There is just a pride that comes with finishing a garment and being like bam, I made that!
Pattern McCalls M6044 View E
Size sewn: Medium
Measurements: Chest- 39.5″, Waist- 35″, Hips-42.5″
Modifications: Pearl Snaps instead of buttons.
Changes for next time: Apply interfacing to both collars for personal preference. Lengthen sleeves slightly.
Fabric: Robert Kauffman Manchester Collection bought on Craftsy.
Cost: $25.00. Fabric: $20.00, Snaps 3.50 (with coupon from JoAnnes), $1.50 (interfacing and thread estimate).
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