The “P.S. I Love You” Shirt

This week I managed to make that white button down. I think button down shirts are one of my favorite things to make. I like all the hand work that goes into it and the fit is amazing. I guess that’s one of the reasons we make our own clothes. It’s nice to have a garment that’s made for the uniqueness of your body. I have used this pattern a couple of times now so I didn’t think it was necessary to show it off so much. I have 3 or 4 other shirt patterns I’d like to try sometime-I keep going back to this one because it’s already been altered. I decided to eliminate the back seam by cutting it on the fold and made the cuffs longer because I ended up cutting 4 pieces instead of just 2. What I forgot to do was change the shape of the collar. This one is a little dainty. Next time I’ll make it wider and pointier.

My 1960s inspirations came from Twiggy-

And the Beatles-

I bought a tie at a thrift store and opened it up to make it wider though I just realized that mine is a lot wider than hers. I chose one with flowers because of the whole Flower Power thing but kept the colors neutral because I thought it was edgier that way. I wasn’t planning on actually wearing the tie but now that I look at it I think I may clean up the edges and add some interfacing to it and see if I can make it work. The Sartorialist is coming to Chicago for a talk and book signing and I plan to be there in this suit and maybe a slightly thinner version of this tie.

The shirt is simple with no topstitching at all. I wanted it to be as clean as possible. Basic white.

 

I think it’s time for a new camera. My skin tone is the same color as the brick wall.

 

The Facts: 

Pattern: McCalls 6124

Year: Contemporary

Fabric: 1 1/2 yds lightweight cotton from stash and 12 buttons from one of my husband’s old shirts plus 1 used tie $1

Time to make: I don’t know-maybe 10 hrs from start to finish

First worn and wear again: I wore this to work yesterday and will definitely be wearing it again

Total Cost: $1 (Nice!)

P.S. I Love You!

 

Author

ginaclarkstyle

Gina Clark is a girl from Texas living in the Midwest. She has been sewing most of her life but swears every few months that she is giving it up for good.

5 Comments

  1. VERY nice! Your tie is inspired : ) What a way to combine a feminine and masculine look of the era into one Gina-style outift. P.S. We love you too!

  2. What a great way to take something that you know you will wear all the time and enjoy making and style it to match the challenge! I love the monochrome floral tie.

  3. Great look and I love your inspiration, Twiggy and the Beatles! I actually looked a tons of photos of Twiggy before making my 60′s look. I’ve yet to make a plain white shirt, but I think I will now that I’ve seen how stylish it can be. Have fun in Chicago!

  4. The tie looks great – and your shirt sits so slimly beneath your jacket. The ideal shirt.

  5. Love the tie and the Twiggy inspiration!

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