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Black shirt for Nathan

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I finished Nathan’s shirt in the middle of last week! He wore it to work the next day and again this weekend, so I call it a success. We managed to get some pictures today, and I tried to impart my best and only modeling advice: look off to the side dreamily and un-focus your eyes.

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I could see shirt-making getting addicting. No one step in the process (perhaps aside from edge-stitching the collar stand) was crazy difficult but each one builds on the last. It’s a like a sewing crescendo.

I made a few changes to the pattern (McCall’s 6044) since the last time I used it. I was already using a large through the arm holes and tapering down to a medium through the waist. This time I added 1/4″ back into the bottom of the side seams for a little more ease. I also drafted a back yoke (inspired by Lisa) to add a bit of visual interest to the plain near-black fabric.

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Speaking of the fabric… I’m still a little bit rankled because it was listed as 100% cotton but the second I put an iron to it, I smelled polyester. I’d already washed it and hadn’t done a burn test but I’m starting to think I might need to every time I get a fabric.  This is the second time in a month I’ve received synthetic fibers in a so-called cotton. The first was from Girl Charlee, and this one was from Mood. Reputable retailers, both of them! All the more shocking as internet research leads me to believe it’s illegal to sell fabric or garments and not declare fiber content accurately. Explaining why I was upset to Girl Charlee was a draining process that took place over a couple of days and I didn’t have the gumption to repeat it. I also had my heart set on starting this project for Nathan.</rant>

Has anyone else bought fabric online that was misrepresented?

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Look at that stink eye

Fiber content drama aside, I’m super proud of this shirt! I learned a lot of new techniques from Pam Howard’s Craftsy class like how to make sure you’re cutting on-grain, tailor’s tacks, flat-felling seams, and the proper way to line up buttons to the placket. I even have ideas for what I’d like to tackle next time, like better collar points, better edge-stitching, a slightly wider button placket and exploring what looks like excessive ease in the top back area of the sleeve and upper back.

With this project complete, my head is now spinning even more about what to make next, aside from the blazer my mom and I are making in our lessons (we’re using Simplicity 2250). We had another lesson this weekend fitting our muslins. I’ve always known that my shoulders and upper back are broad but it really hit home when we added 7/8″ to the center back seam! No wonder I had a hard time finding RTW button shirts and jackets.

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21 thoughts on “Black shirt for Nathan

  1. looks great! shirtmaking is definitely addictive! each one gets just a little faster… do check out david coffin’s book, it addresses all those details you mentioned!

  2. Morgan this looks better than anything you’d buy in the shops. It looks so good and Nathan is doing a very good job of doing the sewing blogger pose, although perhaps he could try looking down to the side!!! Re the fabric, could you partly recycle your rant to Girl Charlie to Mood? Explain how you started the project anyway, but that you are very disappointed?

    • Haha, yes, he needs one hand tucking in a stray lock of hair and gazing down the side! I think I’m going to get this fabric issue go but really monitor subsequent fabric purchases. Burn tests all around!

  3. Looks fantastic! I’m amazed at how symmetrical the pockets are. I agree with what you said each task in shirt-making building on the last. There’s something so satisfying about it all coming together. Except for the collar stand! I always curse at some point during the collar stand.

  4. Wow – looks awesome! And what a good sport to pose for you like that. I agree that shirt making can be addictive – I’m already plotting a second one for my man. As for the fabric issue, I’ve only ever ordered quilting cotton and no issues (nor room for problems, really) there but I can see how infuriating it must be to order one thing and get something else.

  5. Looks great Morgan, I somehow missed adding the new address onto my reader so have now clicked the helpful follow button! Shirt sewing is unexpectedly fun, I’ve just sewn up an Archer for myself and am in toiling/fitting stage for negroni for my dad!

  6. This is sooooo ace! I’m in the middle of making my husband a shirt and this has helped me dig deep and continue with this seemingly endless project! xx

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