I’m back again with a second stab at McCalls 6044, previously made here for my boyfriend. My dashing friend Brad wanted a shirt made and in exchange he traded me Rock Band 3 for xbox one. That sounds like a fair bargain, right? Mood Fabrics recently started carrying a large selection of quilting-weight cottons. We spotted this fun print with vintage tennis canisters. It turned into a playful summer shirt, perfect for a weekend at the lake.
I previously made this shirt for my boyfriend in the medium. Brad is more slender so I thought it would be best to cut a small. I neglected to make a muslin first. Shame on me, I know! As I was constructing the shirt, I basted all of the seams first before I did a fitting with Brad. My first version was too snug. I unbasted everything and stitched with a narrow seam allowance. This gave me a little bit more room. The shirt is still slim-fitting, but it fits! It suits Brad quite well.
Because the pattern is so busy, pattern matching was critical, especially for the pocket front. I think I succeeded. Can you spot the pocket?
The second time around with this pattern was much easier than the first time I made this shirt for Arit. The finished garment is much neater.
This was my first time making something on request for a friend. I was nervous that it would not turn out well and that my friend would be disappointed, but that was not the case, fortunately. I already have another request from a friend to make this exact same shirt for his brother!
Thanks Brad for being a good model! Enjoy the rest of your weekend at the lake.