Hi there Mood Sewing Network! I hope everyone is having a wonderful end to their year, and a restful holiday if you celebrate! I’m visiting family at the moment, but wanted to stop in to share this bit of selfless sewing I did for my husband, Nick, this year. I always drag my feet when it comes to sewing for other people, but Nick was definitely due for some new shirts, and a handmade one makes a wonderful gift.
For this shirt I was looking for a fabric that was a little bit different than what Nick already has in his closet. I liked the fact that this Yellow/Skydiver Blue/Gray Plaid Cotton Peached shirting from Mood Sewing Network online featured a darker, and more saturated color palette than what you usually see in men’s shirting, and that it is a nice, large plaid. The peached cotton shirting is fantastically soft – not quite a flannel, but with its slight brushed surface it makes a great shirt for cooler weather. It would also be great for pajamas or loungewear.
This plaid was great to work with – it cut, pressed and sewed easily. However it is an unbalanced plaid, so it was a bit of a head-scratcher when it came to matching. I cut as much as possible on the bias – the pockets, button placket, and back yoke – and then spent some extra time to be sure the front and sides matched all the way around. Where I really ran into trouble was getting the sleeves to match up. I’m not really sure where I went wrong, to be honest, but if you look closely in these pictures you can see that the plaid on the sleeves is totally off! Not only does it not line up with the plaid on the body of the shirt, but the sleeves don’t match each other, either. *Head slap* I was totally upset about this at first, but after giving it to Nick I had to really really point out the mistake before he saw it, so I’ve decided not to sweat it! But it’s just further proof that no matter how long you’ve worked at this craft it can still stump you from time to time!
For the pattern I used the same heavily modified Colette Negroni pattern I’ve used to make all of Nick’s shirts. I’ve altered this pattern so it has more of a traditional collar and collar stand and button placket rather than the camp collar of the Negroni. I’ve also made a few small tweaks to the fit of the pattern as Nick has worn his past shirts and gives me feedback on how he’d like things to fit on future iterations. This one features a broad shoulder/back adjustment which gives him more mobility when he pulls his arms forward. All the topstitching is in dark gray and I chose a tortoiseshell button to finish it off.
So that’s Nick’s shirt! Sadly, not the picture of perfection I strive for, but nevertheless I think he looks pretty handsome! And I of course have to give a shout out to his modeling skills – Nick hates having his picture taken, so I always appreciate him being such a good sport and jumping in front of the camera for me.
I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year’s and I’ll see you in 2016! And if you have any tips for matching unbalanced plaids leave them below in the comments!