Yesterday I made Hubby a shirt. A shirt I meant to make about seven years ago!
This is the third "guitar shirt" I've made him from this pattern. I like the oversized, bowling-shirt vibe. The pattern itself is McCall's 8409, from all the way back in 1996 - the year we got married! It has lots of variations, but I've only ever done this version, View F.
I would guess I bought this pattern in the late '90s, and made him his first shirt around that time too. It's the same print as his new shirt, but in blue, and has been well worn and loved over the years.
The fabric is nice and soft now from all the washing, and the collar is showing signs of wear.
I think that was probably the first time I made a man's shirt, and because I wasn't as precise as I am now, I stitched the inner collar stand down by hand:
However, I did take the time to flat fell the side seams:
A couple years later, I made him a second guitar shirt when I found this red Hawaiian-print fabric:
Hubby loves wearing both these shirts in the summer, so about seven years ago when I found the same fabric in green, I snapped it up with the intention of making him a third shirt.
And I did! It just took me a while to get around to it ;-)
Now that I've made so many shirts for him, this one felt easy. When you eliminate cuffs and sleeve plackets, you save a lot of time! I also saved time by attaching the inner collar stand with my edgestitching:
And I didn't do any of the easing to get a curved collar. This shirt will never be buttoned all the way up, so I figured it just wasn't important.
This time I did French seams, which also saved me some time - durable, but without a lot of fuss:
In contrast to the business shirts I've been making, this shirt has a separate buttonhole band piece, although the right (button) side is a double fold. I wanted this shirt to be nice and soft, so I didn't interface the buttonhole band:
Two of the features of this pattern that I really like are the yoke and the center back pleat:
Can you see it? There's a lot going on with this fabric!
Here are all three versions of this pattern hanging together. I call this photo "Guitar Trio" -
I'm proud of myself that I finally knuckled down and made this shirt - that fabric had been taunting me for far too long!