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.
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.
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.
I like that the stripe adds a bit of added interest.
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!
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.
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!
A traditional sleeve placket (no stripes here!)…
…gathered cuffs, and a serged then folded under hem round out the details.
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!