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Men’s Shirt Sew-Along: Completed!

March 11, 2011

This February (and now March!) I’m sewing along with Male Pattern Boldness and a bunch of other talented seamsters. We’re all making men’s shirts. Mine is for my husband, and this post marks its completion.

The completed shirt!

Friends, I couldn’t be happier.  Last night I went to bed with my husband’s Sew-Along shirt completed.  And, I didn’t even stay up past my bedtime!  Since my husband and I had our marathon this past weekend, the completion of the shirt was put on hold the end of last week.  So much the better though since I was stumped as to how to fix the sleeves.  This week I took back on the challenge and finally have a finished shirt complete with (mostly) straight sleeves.

Modeling the front and the back of the shirt.

To fix the sleeves, I folded both sleeves in half longways along the grain line and cut along the long seam so that they were equivalent and matched the curve of the original sleeve pattern as closely as possible.  I lost a good bit of width in the sleeves doing so, but I think the slim sleeves fit the slim shirt well, and, most importantly, my husband can wiggle around in them just fine.

All that was left was to add the cuffs, hem, buttons, and buttonholes.  The cuff was a bit trickier this time around since I made the facing out of the contrasting silk.  But, I like the peek of color that blends into the facing of the sleeve placket, so I’m very happy that I took the extra time.

A couple more photos for detail.

To be honest, I was the most nervous about the buttonholes.  The only time I’ve ever made a button hole was in my first sewing class back in January of 2010.  This time around I had to make 11 of them!  And, I had to add buttons to match.  Fortunately, once I got started, things went smoothly.  To make sure the buttons matched, I taped each button on in the position I wanted it so that it wouldn’t move before it was stitched in place.

This shirt marks the first ever piece of clothing that I’ve completed by hand.  Hurrah!

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. August 13, 2011 8:49 pm

    this looks AMAZING on your man. i hope you’re taking it on vacay. (the shirt. i assume hunky man is coming to your 2nd moon.)

    • August 14, 2011 12:48 am

      Thanks! Under normal circumstances we would, but our upcoming trip is a hut-to-hut (to-hut-to-hut…) hike through the Alps, so I’m not sure this shirt would fare well. I can’t wait to see what you make of the Negroni. Especially if your Ruggy likes patterns as much as you do!

  2. June 11, 2012 6:42 am

    Ok, I know this old but I LOVE this. The little bits of contrasting fabric are so perfect. I am about to make a shirt for my man. This is very inspiring!

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