Okay, so I am a month and a half past the deadline for having this done for the Sewing for Boys Sew Along. But it’s done!
I ordered custom fabric for this shirt from Spoonflower. You don’t know Spoonflower? If you are at all addicted to fabric, don’t go there. No really. You will spend massive amounts of time, and possibly money, looking at all the gorgeous possibilities.
I had my eye on this VW bus print for a while. And then, the Henry Shirt pattern came up in the sew along. For some reason, the first thing that came to mind in looking at the pattern was retro bowling shirt. What better colors for a retro bowling shirt that blue and red? I had to buy the fabric, of course. I paired it with a basic black kona cotton, and pearl snaps. My husband calls this shirt “Monkey’s hipster shirt”.
I actually finished this shirt at the end of July, but then we all got sick. Today was the first day that I had an opportunity to photograph it. We went to a new (to us) playground, and Monkey was so excited that most of my shots looked like this:
I am surprised I got any decent shots at all.
This shirt was an advanced pattern, and I would say that it was correctly classified. I have been sewing for 26 years (OMG – can I be that old?), and have fairly advanced sewing skills (pattern alterations, matching plaids, etc.) Still, there were a couple of points where I relied on the excellent tutorial by Thar She Sews. One was in attaching the side panels to the front panel – the shape of the pieces and the way in which it goes together is very counter-intuitive, and the figures in the book are not helpful on this point. Day four of the tutorial was very helpful. The other tricky spot for me was the collar. For the life of me, I could not tell which end was the bottom. Luckily, Krista’s day six tutorial helped me out. The fact that she made this shirt in two high contrast fabrics was also helpful, because it allowed me to see how the front and side (and side and back) panels came together. This was something I couldn’t tell from the pictures in the book, which used two lower contrast fabrics.
All in all, I liked the pattern a lot. It took a lot of time to come together the first time, but I think if I made it again it would be quicker. Next time around I am thinking something more monochromatic.
Now, on to the Luka Hoodie to catch up with the sew along!
Like this post? Check out my other Sewing for Boys Sew Along Projects:
March – Easy Linen Shirt (okay, I didn’t make this, but the post is a round up of my favorites)
June – More Treasure Pocket Pants - yeah, I got a little behind in the Sew Along.