Men’s Button-Up Shirt in Silk-and-Cotton-Blend Shirting

Men's button-up shirt made from Mood Fabrics' 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 Fabrics' 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 Fabrics' 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 Fabrics' 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 Fabric' 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 Fabrics' 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 our very own Peter of Male Pattern Boldness. You’ve seen it here before in 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' Fabrics' 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' Fabrics' silk and cotton blend shirting by Sew Well

A traditional sleeve placket (no stripes here!)…

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

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  • Ginger
    December 3, 2013

    This is gorgeous! I really like the little peek of stripes you catch at the neckline– it looks very RTW and fabulous! You’re right– the selection of fabric at Mood makes me want to sew for my fellas!

    • Amy
      December 3, 2013

      Thanks! I was quite pleased with the way it turned out, and he’s worn it to work a bunch since I finished it. I think it’s nice that it looks very traditional, but we both know it has that little extra something.

  • Peter
    December 3, 2013

    Terrific looking shirt. Love the stripe details!

    • Amy
      December 3, 2013

      Thanks Peter! I owe you a great deal of thanks for your original Men’s Shirt Sew-Along. My husband does, too!!

  • Jess
    December 3, 2013

    Love the subtle contrast, menswear is all about the details. Is it inside the cuffs too? Great job!

    • Amy
      December 3, 2013

      I thought about putting the stripe in the cuff and under the collar, but ultimately I decided to keep those plain. I’ve made a men’s shirt in the past with all of those details, but my husband never flips up his collar and when he rolls his sleeves up, he ends up rolling them several times, obscuring any fun details on the inside of the cuffs. So, I kept the stripes where they’ll always be visible in their subtle way: on the inside of the collar stand and on the inside of the button placket.

  • Jenny
    December 3, 2013

    Love it! Those RTW details are totally fab and not too whimsical at the same time… great job. I’m working my way through the Male Pattern Boldness sewalong right now on two Christmas shirts for my brothers…

    • Amy
      December 4, 2013

      Yay! More men’s sewing! You’re in good hands if you’re following the MPB Sew-Along.

  • Sarah Gunn
    December 3, 2013

    Perfect shirt, Amy! Love the contrast :)

    • Amy
      December 4, 2013

      Thanks Sarah!

  • Lori
    December 3, 2013

    Gorgeous shirt, Amy, I like the stripes for the contrast. Great job and I can see why your husband likes it so.

    • Amy
      December 4, 2013

      Thanks Lori! I think the stripes add a lot to what could otherwise be a simple button-up shirt. Well, if you can ever call something with silk in it simple!!

  • Sandra (Sewist-Stitch)
    December 4, 2013

    Great shirt, the fit is awesome and I just love the slightly hidden contrast, that is all the go at the moment with RTW. Nice job.

    • Amy
      December 6, 2013

      Thanks! I’m so thankful to have a TNT men’s shirt pattern for my husband. It makes sewing for him so easy!

  • Mood Sewing Network
    December 5, 2013

    The little pop of the stripe is a great detail. And pairing ivory with gray is a beautiful mix. Great job!

    • Amy
      December 6, 2013

      Thanks! I really liked the ivory-gray combo as well. It inspired the whole garment. I just love when that happens with fabric.

  • Robin
    December 13, 2013

    Nice work Amy! Your example is helping my husband get his own custom shirt :)

  • curry
    December 15, 2013

    Ooo, this is soo good. Thanks for sharing. You did an awesome job on the design and it fits him beautifully…no wonder he wears it, with pride no doubt! Very inspiring and I appreciate the details and all the pics.