Sunday, 28 April 2013

The Road Tripper

The last thing I made my husband was some tattoo print boxer shorts. That was a long time ago (way before he was even my husband!) and he's been hinting that I really should make him another shirt.
So, several selfish sewing projects later....

I did.

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'm loving the look of the rolled up sleeves. Wonder who styled him for this shoot? Oh yeah, me!

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!


  1. Great shirt, Clare! And cutie husband, too. I like the rolled up sleeves, too. Looks very cool. Now I know what to look for when I'm looking for you two. :) While looking up your blog, I'm listening to Gillian Welch on her album from 2 years ago. You might like it.

    1. Thanks Leila xx Oh I love Gillian Welch. What's the album called? I have Time the Revelator.

    2. This one is The Harrow & The Harvest. I LOVE Time the Revelator. Love that album. Hell Among the Yearlings is also suuuch a good album. I was going to say which was my favorite song but I listen to the whole album from start to finish. I saw her in concert when we lived in Portland, OR. She's awesome. And god I love David Rawlings. I think my only beef with the Soul Journey album was that it sounded like the editing pushed her voice up and made David's voice or something. Don't really care for that album but everything else, YES!

  2. Great work, and I love Mr Szabo's posing!

  3. good work. i still need to find the perfect shirt pattern for mr or i'm in the world of uinpicking one of his old ones for pattern pieces! problem is he's just so fussy. must see what jalie have