So, several selfish sewing projects later....
The last shirt I made for him, I used Burdastyle's Jacob shirt, so for a change I opted for Kwik Sew 3883 as it had a short sleeve version, which he wanted.
I found some awesome fabric from Ray Stitch in Islington, London. It was in their sale section, still priced at 12 pounds per metre, but it's a really good quality medium cotton. It also had my husband's favourite colour, orange, so seemed like a no brainer. I made up a quick muslin, which Mr Szabo approved, and then got started.
Here's the outcome!
I reckon he's done this modelling thing before.
The construction of the shirt was pretty straightforward. It included a double yoke as well as the standard shirt pieces (collar, collar stand, button placket etc). The sleeves were were added to the armhole before side seams were sewn up. I've only ever done this method on knits, but it worked really well and also no armhole easing. YEY. We found some very suitable buttons in Rolls & Rems (Lewisham) yesterday that were a similar orange with white edge. Overall, I really liked this pattern and will definitely use it again for his next shirt.
Dixie's Tips!Ooh a new little feature to my blog. Thought I'd share some tips I already know or that I learn with each project.
As shirts often have problematic lumpy bits (such as the seam allowances in the collar stand) it's traumatic watching your machine foot trying in vain to move over them. Plus you get those silly little tiny stitches where it's just stabbing in the same position over and over again. Yep, not gonna move. One tip I read was to use your zipper foot so that more of the foot is positioned over the fabric.
This definitely helped navigate those lumps. However, I'm still going to order a walking foot for future Mr Szabo shirts. Walking foots are not just for quilting. They are really "great for topstitching which can be inconsistent due to irregularity of stitching. This is often caused by the bulk created with the seam allowance especially around collars and reveres. Using the walking foot for topstitching will eliminate this problem and give perfect stitching every time." (Taken from Janome).
My other helpful tip today is for buttonholes. After you have done a super duper amazing buttonhole the last thing you want is to get overexcited with your seam ripper and create something bigger, and unwanted! Um, yeah, I'd prefer my chest hair not to be peeping through that button hole, thanks.
One thing I like to do is place a pin at the top of my button hole, which prevents me from ripping too far up (oo-er!)
So, there you have it. The Road Tripper shirt for my husband. I can't wait to see him wearing it when we hit the roads of the deep south in the summer!