Friday, February 18, 2011

Whoop-Whoop Friday - Shirt Reveal Part 1

I am 98 percent done with the shirt for the Men's Shirt Sew-Along.  It still needs buttons and buttonholes in front.  And a live model, after a desperately needed shower.  

(How do all of you brilliant overachievers do it, week in and week out?  Something's gotta give.  For me this week, it's been personal grooming.  And to think there was a time when I hesitated to answer the doorbell if I wasn't wearing a full face of makeup.)

For those of you visiting for the first time, I took a vintage men's shirt pattern circa 1943 and made it into a shirt that I, a woman, could wear.  

Three muslins and numerous tweaks later...whoomp, there it is!

I've said it before, but this has been an exercise in patience and persistence.  I was ready to throw in the towel (or the shirt, as it were) several times, but then I'd try one other thing (sometimes out of desperation).  It often worked.

It's not perfect...I could have paid more attention to matching the pattern at the back yoke, for instance...but it's much better than where it all started.

One of my favorite things about this shirt—a last-minute decision—is the inner yoke and inner sleeve placket in a different fabric... 

...a Kaffe Fassett print I bought recently.

It's loud and proud, that's for sure.  You'll be able to spot me all the way across Walmart in this thing.  And you'll be wondering where the Grateful Dead concert is, and if you can hitch a ride in my VW bus.  Or perhaps you'll be wondering if I'm the bus.  

I don't even want to know.

I promise to post pictures of me modeling the 100 percent finished shirt this weekend.  Until then...

Peace, man.


  1. Too funny! It's loud but very pretty. I like the different fabric for the lining parts.

  2. Whoop! Whoop! I like the way it turned out, I'm so glad you stuck with it and finished! Thanks for sharing, have a wonderful weekend! Sandi

  3. You get a Big Whoop! Whoop! I love the fabric and you did a wonderful job sewing it. If you decide to make a second shirt, it will go much faster. Each time it will get easier and easier :)

  4. Totally awesome! I can't wait to see you in it. Definitely gets a big "Whoop Whoop" from me. :-)

  5. Oh goodness, this is adorable. Great job!

  6. If this is a 1943 pattern, I will have to tell you that this is the cat's pajamas, the bee's knees, twenty-three skeedoo...! (do I have the right era?)

  7. A neat idea, and the fabric is great! :) Your persistence paid off.

  8. Wow, good for you! My girls could pull that print off, but I don't think I could :)

  9. Adorable. I like the loud. You gotta be flipping cartwheels over this creation. Worth all the blood , sweat and tears I'd say.

    Now go and commune with some soap.

  10. Thanks, all!
    Kay Lynne: Thanks for your encouragement. However, I'm pretty sure this is the last time I sew a men's shirt for anyone other than a man.
    Kathy: You may be right, or a couple decades off, what do I know?
    Shay: I am happy to report I am now fresh as a daisy. Balance has been restored. :)

  11. P., you did a really great job! Tailoring (and alterations) is one of my least favorite things. I do like garment construction (that's were I started out) but if I have to fiddle with the pattern . . . well . . . I can see how it should be, but it is hard to get what's in my head to work out on paper/fabric. I love your shirt! Can't wait to see you in it.

    xo -El

    P.S. the thing that suffers for me is housework. My Christmas tree is still up because all I want to do is sew. Shhh. Don't tell.

  12. Awesome shirt, P.! Whoop whoop!! I love the hippy influence!! And since you've called me an overachiever on occasion, I have to say that I HAD to stop quilting tonight so that I could take a shower before I went to bunco - or they wouldn't have let me in the door! So I can totally relate to your problem..... but usually for me it's housework, as my husband will tell you!

  13. Whoop-whoop! Your shirt looks wonderful.

  14. Groovy man! I really dig it. The fabric is way out!

  15. Fabulous! You deserve a Whoop Whoop!

  16. Way cool! This is quite a masterpiece. I love it. Congratulations!


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