At Last...

I've finally finished Mr B's shirt!  He's been very patient over the last couple (well three and a bit if I'm being honest) months.  Circumstances seemed to have conspired against me sewing for ages but last weekend I made a lot of progress and by this weekend I just had the hem, buttonholes and buttons to do.
And here it is...

Mr B is a bit shy and didn't want his face shown!
The sleeve length has worked out perfectly, I was concerned about how much I had to shorten them. For sizing reference I cut a 36 and Mr B normally wears 15 1/2" collar slim fit shirts, this has the same kind of look on him.

Its been a really interesting process sewing a men's shirt.  I had built this project up in my mind as some kind of evil nemesis but really on reflection it's not been that bad (I totally forgot that I was trying to time this project so I've no idea how long it has taken).  I found that it helped enormously to have a shirt on hand to study when I wasn't quite sure of how things should look.   Like when in step 53 of the pattern it said "topstich [the cuff] as shown" followed by a diagram of the collar, grrr. And the real shirt helped me solve the mystery of why the cuff placket on my trial run was in the wrong place - I just hadn't read the instructions properly!

The busy pattern that Mr B chose helped disguise some slight wonkiness in the topstitching and buttonholes here and there (not my fault, I'm blaming my tools).
In the end I decided to miss out the buttons on the cuff placket as they weren't strictly necessary and would have been quite visible if they'd been dodgy.  I also omitted the strange under collar band thing as again it seemed pointless and would have added very visible topstitching.
On the pattern (Vogue 8889) envelope the model is shown wearing the shirt with a tie but the collar has come out very slim on my version, it looks good but I don't know if its quite right.  Mr B is very happy with the fit but he wouldn't be able to wear the collar fastened!

As I said in a previous post I don't often sew for other people and I enjoyed seeing the end product being worn much more than I expected.  I'm strongly considering sewing another shirt for Mr B. After the cushion covers, vintage dress, vogue dress, skirt etc I have planned of course.


  1. Wow this is a fantastic shirt and I really really like the print. Congrats on a lovey garment :). I'm scared of making shirts but have one on my wish list so I really need to get brave and try one day soon!

  2. This shirt came out great! Congrats


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