Happy Campers! Sewing a Men’s Shirt, Simplicity 1544

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Sewing nerd who is absolutely determined to perfect this insanely fun hobby.

4 Responses

  1. You are the ultimate seamstress!!!!! Shirts are difficult to make! What a wonderful Christmas gift. You are truly blessed!

  2. Lisa G says:

    It looks great!! I had a sewing teacher in Hawai’i, and she helped me draft a pattern of a shirt my husband loved. He picked 4 different fabrics for shirts, and I had him order them from “least favorite” to “number one.” My plan was to make him 4 shirts, starting with the least fav. I did a muslin first, and my teacher helped me do the collar and yoke with a neat but slightly tricky burrito method. Then I started working on the real shirt. That was in 2015. Before I finished, it was time to pack up and move back to the Mainland. Today the shirt remains undone. 🙁 Hopefully your post will inspire me to get busy on it!!

    • Hi Lisa! Sometimes all it takes is a little inspiration. I really enjoyed this process and Janet says she can knock a cut shirt out in about 3 hours which seems unreachable at first. But now that I know what I’m doing, I probably could do it by the 4th shirt as well. So can you! And while the collar was daunting, I found that sewing a “needle width away” for the top stitching required more re-do’s than anything else. Squiggly sewing lines were my nemesis and strangely enough I found that stitching faster was key. Hey, mainland smameland…my husband loves his “Aloha shirts” and wears them every chance he gets here in Texas. He retired from the Air Force out of Hickam AFB, HI so we have many Hawaiian influences around here. Go dig out that fabric! And do his favorite first. 🙂

  3. Lisa G says:

    How funny – I retired from the Army out of Fort Shafter! We are in the Florida Panhandle now, and my husband still wears his Aloha shirts as well! 🙂

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