Monday, August 4, 2014

Subtle Plaid

This is the ninth(!) time I've used this men's shirt pattern from BurdaStyle: Sewing Vintage Modern, so there's not a whole lot I have left to say. For this version I left off the collar and pockets and did short sleeves. Also, instead of using separate placket pieces I just added an extra 1/2" width to the front pieces, finished the edges, then turned them under and stitched, making a 1" placket.

My husband found this fabric when he came with me to The Common Thread here in Austin. I'd passed right by it, but he was definitely right in thinking in would make a great mens shirt. I love how the plaid and polka dots are very subtle, but still add some interest and texture to the shirt. It's yarn-dyed cotton from Japan (available here), but I'm not sure what the brand is.

This was a quick make. It took about five hours total, including cutting out the fabric, which was frustratingly time-consuming. I only bought 1.5 yds of this 45" wide fabric which was just barely enough. It took a while to get all the pieces to fit.

Like I said, not much to say about this shirt. I'm happy with it, husband's happy with it, all is well!

In other news, I want to thank you all for your kind comments on my last post! My galaxy Anima pants ended up winning the 3/4 length category in the Anima Pant Competion, which I'm over the moon about! My prize includes the Sigma and La Sylphide dress patterns, plus a couple gorgeous printed silks(!!!) which I'm super excited about because I've never sewn with silk before. So if you have any good tips for sewing with silk please let me know!

I hope everyone's having a happy Monday!

<3 Lindsay


  1. Your husband is one lucky guy. Really nice shirt and I like the no-collar collar.
    But most of all: Congrats on the Amina pants win! Those galactic pants totally deserve it.

  2. This shirt looks great! You are clearly a better wife than I am since I have not yet sewn a shirt for my husband, despite the fact that he bought me a shirt pattern AND a voucher to the fabric store for shirt fabric! The voucher was exchanged for fabric but not the shirting kind.... Ha!
    Congrats again on the comp, the prize pack you chose was my personal fave so good picking! I am no silk expert, but make sure you use a brand new fine microtex needle, and invest in some silk pins as they won't snag your fabric. Depending on the silk you're using, try to only pin within the seam allowance and you'll be all set.

    1. Haha, that's too funny! And thanks for the tips! I'll definitely need to get some silk pins and needles.

  3. Congratulations on your win!! What a great prize :) I've been told that silks take good to steaming, but be careful not to get water drops on the fabric, since they can leave marks that don't go away. Happy sewing with your prizes :) and the shirt is so cute!

    1. Thanks Nilla! I didn't realize that water could leave marks - good to know!