The “Wait, That’s Not Me!” Shirt
Fabric: 2 yards navy plaid cotton shirting, from Mood, $7.80
Pattern: Simplicity 7030, $1.99, cuff placket from Shirtmaking
Notions: 9 16L and 4 14L shirt buttons stolen from old shirts in stash
Time to complete: 9 days
First worn: Tuesday, around town
Wear again? Yes! (Thank goodness!)
Total cost: ~$10
You may have noticed that the model in this week’s photo does not look like the author’s photo below. In his online debut, I give you my better half, Brandon. The financier, co-conspirator, and voice-of-reason behind all of my projects. When this week’s theme was announced, it seemed only fitting that I use the button challenge to create a shirt for him. Especially since I promised him this one about a month ago!
Generally speaking, I actually despise plaid shirts but, suddenly, this fall, I decided Brandon needed one. He was hesitant when I told him this but, after explaining the shirt should always be worn under a sweater, he came around. Yep – all that time listed up there was spent plaid matching, hand basting, sewing and resewing something which will barely see the light of day! (Really, this was practice for future, nicer shirts but, also a way to give him the look I was picturing in a decidedly not-so-lumberjacky plaid.)
Of course, as I began construction, it occured to me this was a bad idea. I was trying multiple techniques from my new Shirtmaking book, which was fun but also stressful so, add that to the stress of plaid matching – on a fabric that wouldn’t sit straight – and well, let’s just say it was a lesson in patience… and I’m now well-aquainted with my seam ripper! Sewing the challenge’s finishing 13 buttons and buttonholes was actually a relief!
In the end though, I’ve managed to improve the fit of his pattern, fill a gap in his wardrobe, learn new skills, and make a shirt he wants to wear! Success!