Hot! The “Concert in the Park” shirt


Fabric: Cotton with a touch of lycra
Pattern: Vogue 8800
Year: contemporary
Notions: 5 black buttons
Time to complete: here and there while husband was out of the house
First worn:June 17 for Father’s Day outing to Concert in the Park
Wear again? Yes on our vacation to Catalina Island this week!
Total price: $15.00

I secretly made this shirt while my husband was playing tennis and then finished it when he was chaperoning the middle school dance the other night. We are both officially on our summer break (holiday) and to celebrate the beginning of our vacation and Father’s Day, we went to  the Ukiah Concert in the Park this last Sunday. All of our girls sent lovely cards, great texts, and called, but we were on our own this time. No worries, as we will see two of our daughters on Catalina Island next week. They are busy working there and having a great time too.

The concert was great! A family friendly atmosphere with all kinds of great food and drink. The music was by Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, a very upbeat blues band with a couple of hit songs under their belt. We brought our comfy lounge chairs and really had a relaxing good time. Excellent kettle corn….I ate the whole bag.

About the shirt. Super easy! So easy that I want to make more, but finding material that is manly enough might be a challenge. I don’t know that I could drag my hubby along to help choose his own, but that would be fun. The fit was perfect, and that’s good because I wasn’t able to check it as I sewed. I did look at an existing shirt just to make sure I was in the ballpark though. I decided to add a pocket, which I borrowed from another pattern. I think that is an important feature for my guy. Sunglasses have to go somewhere when you don’t carry a purse, right?

A Great Dad and Husband

Handsome too!



Barbara is a resident of Northern California. She loves to sew and has pledged not to buy retail clothes for the year of 2012. That means she has to make her own, or buy it at a thrift store. I hope she doesn't spend too much on fabric. When she shops for fabric her eyes light up as she imagines the possibilities! She's like a kid in a candy store.


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  1. Lovely Barbara! How strange to see a man on SW! Great print and a great shirt – I am sewing for my son this week – fingers crossed

  2. Great shirt! Your pattern matching for the pocket is scarily perfect. It’s wonderful to see things for other people on sew weekly (’cause, let’s face it, we don’t really need 54 outfits each!)

  3. Awesome!! I want to work my hubs into one of these challenges too, but I think he will protest. Great job on that shirt. It looks perfect!!

  4. When I saw the thumbnail I thought, “Yay, there’s a man in the group” and a handsome one too ;) Haha.

    Isn’t it great how you can make most men’s clothing without too much fitting? The fabric is probably not one he would have picked himself, because men usually have different taste than we do, but it looks great and goes well with neutral khakis. Bravo for unselfish sewing.

  5. Muy guapo alejandro!

  6. Great job. I was surprised by how easy and fun men’s shirts can be. Glad it worked out so well.

  7. I love it. He was a great sport for the pictures too! Lovely post.

  8. The pattern on the fabric you chose is lovely and subtle, and your husband is very handsome!

  9. Your pattern matching is SPOT ON! I couldn’t even tell you had added a pocket – it blended right in! The shirt looks fabulous – have a fabulous time on vacation!!

  10. All the comments above mentioned a pocket… I didn’t see it until the last photo! Nicely done, Barbara!

  11. Wow, great job! I love the shirt. My guy would be totally jealous as he keeps asking me to make him something. And the pocket was a great addition!

  12. Nice job getting your husband in there! My husband doesn’t want his pictures anywhere on the internet which is a shame because he’s so good looking!

    Love the shirt-especially the print!

  13. Your hubby is very lucky I say, it took me 5 years to squeeze in the time to sew up a pair of golf duds for my hubby haha. The shirt is fab Barbara.

  14. Love your fabric choice, it’s really trendy. I’d better not show my husband this post or he’ll be wanting one as nice. That’s a lovely pic of the pair of you too. Love the shape of the collar.

  15. Sweet! I love the sneaky sewing and the even sneakier pocket. Enjoy Catalina, lucky you.

  16. great shirt, DH gets a new one every Father’s Day, and this year found some great print with cameras. You are right, finding the right print, fun but not too fussy or weird. and you are right, pocket(s) are necessary. The buttons are another challenge.