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A Button-Up Shirt with a Striped Surprise

You got a sneak peek of my newest make yesterday, or you may have gotten a full peek if you clicked over to my MSN post. It was fun to sew something for my darling husband. He’s been working so hard these days that he deserves a nice new shirt (or two – I already have plans for another!).

Men's button-up shirt made from Mood's silk and cotton blend shirting by Sew Well

I’ve missed sewing with wovens the past few months.  Everything’s been knits, knits, knits to accommodate my growing baby belly.  So, when I came across Mood Fabric’s silk and cotton blend shirting while browsing their website looking for inspiration for my next garment, I knew I wanted to make it happen somehow.  I liked that the silk in the blend gave it just that extra something and that the color was a natural ivory.

Men's button-up shirt made from Mood's silk and cotton blend shirting by Sew Well

Before long I also stumbled upon Mood Fabric’s Stone/Cream Striped Woven, and I was struck by the idea of pairing the two together.  In a men’s shirt.  For my husband.

Men's button-up shirt made from Mood's silk and cotton blend shirting by Sew Well

I loved the idea of a classic ivory men’s shirt with a bit of a twist, so I only used the stripe on the inside of the button placket and the inside of the collar stand.

Men's button-up shirt made from Mood's silk and cotton blend shirting by Sew Well

I like that the stripe adds a bit of added interest.

Men's button-up shirt made from Mood's silk and cotton blend shirting by Sew Well

Because the stripe ended up showing through the ivory shirting, I underlined the outer button placket and the collar stand with an extra layer of shirting to make them opaque.  I only wanted the stripes to peek out at the top, not to be visible all the way down the front of the shirt.  You can see the difference in the photo above between the underlined outer button placket and the non-underlined inner button placket.  I’m really glad I added the underlining even though both the outer button placket and the collar stand ended up being a bit thick with their two layers of cotton shirting, layer of interfacing, and layer of striped facing.  Thankfully, my machine stitched through everything just fine.  Even the buttonholes were a breeze!

Men's button-up shirt made from Mood's silk and cotton blend shirting by Sew Well

The pattern I used was my old men’s shirt standby – Butterick 4712.  I first tackled this pattern a couple years ago during the Men’s Shirt Sew-Along hosted by Peter of Male Pattern Boldness.  I’ve made it before in linen-and-silk and blue plaid flannel.  Because it’s already been fit for my husband’s square shoulders, long arms, and long torso and because the collar and collar stand have already been adjusted so they’re not quite so 70s, the only tricky part was cutting the extra pieces for the striped facings.

Men's button-up shirt made from Mood's silk and cotton blend shirting by Sew Well

To change things up a tiny bit, I tried a square pocket.  One of these days I’ll get up the courage to try a pocket with rounded bottom edges!

Men's button-up shirt made from Mood's silk and cotton blend shirting by Sew Well

A traditional sleeve placket (no stripes here!)…

Men's button-up shirt made from Mood's silk and cotton blend shirting by Sew Well

…gathered cuffs, and a serged then folded under hem round out the details.

Men's button-up shirt made from Mood's silk and cotton blend shirting by Sew Well

My husband has already worn the shirt to work – more than once in fact! – so I’d say it’s a success.  I really like the ivory color on him, too.  Even though I originally wanted to use the silk and cotton blend shirting for something for myself, I’m really glad my growing belly forced me to consider other options.  It seems like sewing for men has become popular these days over at MSN.  Just last Friday Threaded posted a men’s shirt, Male Pattern Boldness posted an amazing pea coat just prior to that, and Ginger Makes posted a men’s cardigan last month.  I think it speaks very highly of Mood’s selection of fabrics – there’s something for everyone in their vast selection.  Here’s to finding the time for a bit more men’s sewing this holiday season!

Men's button-up shirt made from Mood's silk and cotton blend shirting by Sew Well

This post can also be found on Mood Sewing Network. I used my MSN allowance towards the purchase of the fabric.

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21 thoughts on “A Button-Up Shirt with a Striped Surprise

  1. Very nice details! My go-to men’s shirt pattern is Kwik Sew 3883 (it even includes a back yoke and cuff plackets), and even made my husband a shirt from some really nice black shirting with white and silver pinstripes I bought from Mood 🙂 I’ve asked my husband if he likes the idea of the contrast on the collar stand and he doesn’t, so I don’t make them that way. Oh well! 😛

    1. I added maybe an inch to these for my husband’s long arms. I tried to find a length that would hit near his wrists, where the cuff would want to sit naturally. I wanted enough length for a tiny bit of the cuff to peek out from a jacket, but not so much that the sleeve was bagging above the cuff. Typical sleeves on most ready-to-wear shirts are so short on him! He compensates by always rolling his sleeves up. I like that I can make him sleeves that actually fit! When you lengthen or shorten, make sure to pay attention to the grain line. The first time I lengthened the pattern, I was so new to sewing that I didn’t understand that the grain line needed to be perfectly straight across the added gap. The consequence was that I got twisting sleeves. I had to go back to the pattern, line the grain line up, and then recut the sleeves. I guess it was good practice setting in sleeves since I had to do it twice!

  2. Whoa – this shirt looks really great. I love your striped fabric detail. You did a beautiful job on this shirt. My husband has been asking me to make a shirt for him and my story so far has been that I need to find a good pattern. But I’m also a bit wary about collars and plackets – thus the delay. 😉

  3. Beautiful job there! Such precise sewing and those plackets are looking fab! I really like the idea of the contrasting fabric on the inside of the button placket. I haven’t attempted a men’s shirt yet, but you’ve inspired me so thank you! Lucky hubby 🙂

  4. Ooh, I Like this!! Men’s shirts with a hint of print peaking through totally hit my sartorial spot. Beautiful job on the top stitching – tough to get right, especially when there’s pressure on because it’s so visible on a garment like this! It’s Lovely, and the colour suits him wonderfully 🙂

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