The next challenge in sewing for men is fabric. I had picked up this Free Spirit Novella Rayon in Rain Aqua at my local quilting shop intending to make something for a boy with it. To my surprise, when I showed it to Hubby, he said he’d wear it. Another trip to the store (men’s clothing needs more fabric than boys’, after all) and muslining my pattern with an old bedsheet, I whipped up this shirt.
The fabric is just the right lightweight drape for this, and despite the bright colors, has a kind of hipster feel that works well in Austin. I left the hem straight because Hubby prefers it that way (no tucking required) and resisted the urge to put on pearl snaps instead of buttons (too far over the hipster line).
And the final challenge? Getting a good picture. He’s not used to being in front of the camera for my blog like the boys and I am.
Wanna make your own? You’ll need:
- 2 yards of fabric
- 1 yard of lightweight fusible interfacing
- Buttons or snaps
- To download the pattern, subscribe to the Melly Sews Weekly Newsletter. AFTER you sign up, you’ll get a confirmation email – and you have to confirm or my email service can’t send you the free pattern. But once you do confirm, you’ll get access to not just this but several other free patterns. Woot! Please note that this pattern is licensed for personal, not commercial use, so if you’d like to make items to sell from this you’ll need to buy a limited production license. By downloading you are agreeing to this license. Thanks!
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This is a men’s size small/medium (somewhere on the small side of medium – finished chest measurement is 43″ and this needs at least 3 inches of ease over the chest measurement of the guy in question.) If you need to make the pattern bigger or smaller, check out this post.
Start by printing out the pattern, using Adobe Reader with scaling set to “Actual Size”. Trim around the outside of the gray boxes and tape together at the circles. Cut your fabric according to the cutting instructions on the pattern. Fuse interfacing to the wrong side of one collar piece, and the shirt facings.
1/2″ seams are allowed on this pattern.
I’ve used pictures from both shirts in this tutorial, don’t let the changing fabric throw you.