Hi Sewists!

I was so excited when I heard that the Sewcialists theme for February was menswear related, I think I was one of the first to put my hand up to write a guest post. If you haven’t already, you can follow the Sewcialists HERE and catch up with all the great inspiration posts that arrived through January. And you can read my post HERE.

The main aim of the Sewcialists is to promote inclusivity and provide a safe and encouraging environment where every voice can be heard. Not a bad goal to have, and I can say that Gillian and the team are certainly achieving what they set out to do.

To celebrate menswear, I couldn’t think of a more ‘fitting’ garment than a Western shirt. And I’m SO in love with this one! I got the fabric while I was out shopping with a transatlantic sewing buddy (you know who you are 😉 thank you I had a great time) and couldn’t wait to sew it up… of course, I had to wait, but here it is at last!

The pattern is Simplicity 1327 and it could do with a few tweaks to be honest. I made a size smaller than my measurements dictated, due to the amount of ease included. I also took a wedge out of the sleeve pattern piece – I sliced up the middle and overlapped it by as much as I could without making the cuff too narrow – and they still came out a bit on the voluminous side. I need to make the actual arm hole smaller… I also need the shoulder & top of the chest slightly wider… the collar could be a tad slimmer…

All in all, I’m not really sure whether to make these alterations to this pattern – or simply draft a new yoke to my regular patten…? The first option would be a good learning curve. The second option would be quicker… hm.

But either way, none of this stops me from loving this shirt any less! Please go and check out the Sewcialists post if you want any more details. And check out the rest of their menswear inspiration while you’re there! Until next time,

Happy Sewing!

Notes to self;

    Get a proper fitting shirt pattern.
    Is it time to start drafting my own patterns? … I always thought I’d have to buy a dilapidated farm house in rural France before that happened… or at least I hoped I’d have to!