As my brothers get older, they become increasingly difficult to buy gifts for. They ask for socks, beer, and nothing else. That gets boring pretty quickly (at least, for me!). This year, I decided to whip up a button-up shirt for my youngest bro using a basic McCall’s pattern I bought on clearance.
This was also an opportunity to put the latest addition to my team to work; my serger. It’s official, I am no longer afraid of it, and very excited to hammer out knit pieces with it. It’s a speed demon and the professional finishing is a great touch.
I started this project several weeks ago, thinking that I would be organized and have it done well in advance; however 5 o’clock this evening (dinner being at 6) found me frantically sewing buttons on … buttons I had to cut off of one of Boyfriend Smash’s dress shirts (he offered, to be fair), since the ones I had weren’t working and the stores were closed. Oops! In any case, it was a perfect fit which is great for future reference, and he had no idea it was handmade. He loved it, and check out how handsome he looks in it! :)
The fabric was a nice lightweight cotton plaid, but had the feel of a seersucker. The button plackets and collar are lightly interfaced, and there is one patch pocket. Otherwise it’s a very basic pattern. I omitted the button at the very top of the collar because I knew he wouldn’t button it up all the way. Also because while I used the auto-button hole thingamajiggy for the first time with the new Kenmore and was largely successful, there were also several curse words that were let loose at the beginning :)
This pattern offers short and long-sleeve variations, which is nice; I think that for the next birthday shirt (in August – I’m starting next week, haha) I’ll go with a cowboy yoke styling for something a lil’ different.
All in all, I’ll definitely make this pattern again. The best part of giving it to him was when he was trying it on and yelled out “is this a women’s shirt?!?!” … I unknowingly put the button placket on the wrong side. Quite frankly I didn’t even know there was a difference in that regard between men’s and ladie’s shirts but … watching him struggle to button it up clearly told another story and everyone got a good laugh. Lesson learned!