My boyfriend Arit turned 34 last week (oh my!) so I decided to make him a birthday shirt. You may recall that I previously stitched him up a shirt here and I also made my friend Brad a retro-style short sleeved version last year. But I’d say the third time’s the charm with this pattern because this is my best version yet. For more photos and details, read on.
The fabric is a striped linen from Joann’s. I cut the medium on this pattern, which is an awesome, straight-forward basic men’s shirt. The challenge that I gave myself was working with stripes and pattern matching. Fortunately, everything has lined up perfectly, including the pocket and side seams.
The biggest piece of advice I’ll give you about this pattern is to skip the hand stitching of the front bands. You’re going to topstitch the front bands, anyway, so there’s absolutely no point to do any hand stitching. I used heat n’ bond tape to temporarily hold everything in place, and then I topstitched the bands in place for a permanent finish. The instructions tell you to slipstitch the bands in place before topstitching. Why bother?
After sewing this pattern three times, it is a tried and true for me and it came together fairly quickly.
During our photo shoot we stopped to say hi to our kitty Jack, who was hanging out in the open window.
Anyway, that’s all I have to say about this project. Happy Birthday Arit xoxo