Thursday, 16 February 2012

The virtuous shirt, Vogue 8096

My husband is a big fan of my sewing. This may sound like a good thing, and of course, it is, but there is a side effect, which involves actually sewing garments for him, instead of myself. I am sure you can see the drawbacks. In addition, he is no longer satisfied with a quick t shirt. This is entirely my fault.
Here is the only garment I have been working on for the past 2 weeks. My mojo was lethargic.

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I like this shirt,but there is little new to write about. I used Vogue 8096, previously adjusted,with some design variations.

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1. Chevrons at collar and back yoke due to bias cutting, with a little machine embroidery to hold down the inverted back pleat.
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2. David Page Coffin tower plackets with Pamela Erny wrapped contrast cuffs.
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3. Contrast collar stand and inner plackets, with under placket extended by 1cm past the cross over as an embellishment.

Fabrics are cotton shirtings from Michael's fabric (red and white stripe) and GoldHawk Rd (grey with black, white and red stripe), topstitching was with a hand cranked Singer 28. I used self fabric interfacing as I have run out of shirting interfacing. ( I bought some more from Pamela Erny's Fashion Sewing Supply site no affiliation etc,- it is on sale today, lucky me) The buttons are a very pale grey, in stripes, which look much nicer than regular white shirting buttons - truly.
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The photo shoot was a little limited.Here is the shirt on location, at work, with a flash, work being inside. One photo allowed, headless. Hmmm. I did make modelling a condition of receiving the shirt, but I don't think it was worth bothering about.

It is difficult to tell from the photo that he is very pleased with the garment.
I am very pleased to be cutting out a loud sundress next.

23 comments:

Dressed2atee said...

Great shirt!!!! My husband better not see this post, LOL

Mary said...

Terrific work! I love all the personalized features you have incorporated.

velosewer said...

This is such a well made shirt. You such beautiful work. The bike- print shirt you made for your husband is what inspired me to make a shirt for my husband. Cheers.

Mary Nanna said...

Great shirt - see this is the danger of being too good at something someone else may wish to benefit from.

Very impressed at chevron matching.

Sharon said...

Stunning shirt for your DH and your chevron matching makes me envious. Funny how your eyes sees things, the stitching holding down the pleat looks like sewing machine outlines to me :)

Allison said...

I think I see the source of the problem. Perhaps if you made shirts that were less fabulous, without cool details like chevroned yokes and collars, your husband would leave you be to sew gorgeous things for yourself. As long as you continue to make shirts whose quality and design details can not be matched by RTW, I think you may be doomed to keep having to make more. :-) Seriously, your work is always impressive and inspiring!

Janine said...

Karen , you too have inspired me to sew a shirt for my husband - he was really impressed with bicycle shirt you sewed . It has only been 25 years since I last sewed him something.

SewRuthie said...

A great shirt with some great little custome tailor details.

MushyWear said...

Your work on this shirt and your previous blouse is impeccable. Love the crisp tailored style of both.

Karin said...

It's a great shirt. I've never attempted sewing for my husband. He is very fussy and I always think it best to steer well clear of shirts for him. Though I was very tempted once by a Hotpatterns shirt.

Bernice said...

The details on this shirt are above and beyond marital duties. Your husband is a lucky man indeed.

Bernice said...

Also, I'm planning on scanning my cowl-neck pattern pieces. Happy to email them to you when I get it done.

tropicalthreads said...

Sounds to me like your version of "Modelling" and his are quite widely different! Doesn't he want his 15 mins of fame? strange man...

I just LOVE that chevron yoke *happy sigh*
And I totally agree about grey with stripes shirt buttons being better than white.

Gabrielle said...

Oh no, you've made a rod for your own back! However, it would be pretty impossible to hide these skills from your husband... This is such a beautiful shirt. I'm so impressed with it looking so good both as a worn shirt and in all the little details.

ejvc said...

I am pleased that you continue to give me details to steal for my own sewing.Good luck getting him to ever purchase a shirt again.

shams said...

Wow, that shirt is great. You are giving yourself a lifetime chore. ;)

Carolyn said...

You've done a beautiful job, and the details are quite superb. No wonder your husband prefers your handiwork to readymade!

Gail said...

Your husband is a spoiled man. Bespoke shirts for the price of a wife. Sounds like a bargain!

Carol said...

It may be my poor memory but didn't he NOT want you to sew for him a few years ago? I always get a thrill when bloke sewing actually gets worn. I love this wrapped cuff and I'm going to make it next time I do a patterned shirt. I like the DPC placket and I use it on all my shirts now. I think I want an embroidery machine because I am very envious of the initials.

Andrea said...

Gorgeous shirt - its a work of art!
I occasionally have urges to sew my husband a shirt - then quickly suppress those feelings!

Sigrid said...

A bit late with my comment, but what a wonderful shirt you made him. All the little details are gorgeous!

Khammany @ Sweet Inspired Home said...

Hi, I know this post was from a few years back but I am thinking of purchasing this pattern. Does it have a split yoke in the back or did you create it yourself? I am looking for one with a split yoke. Thanks so much!

kbenco said...

Thanks Khammy, the pattern 8096 does have a split yoke option. However, if you already have a shirt pattern you like, it is very easy to convert a one piece to a split yoke, just fold the yoke in half, cut it on the fold, add seam allowance. If you want chevron stripes as shown in this shirt, line up the front of the the yoke piece with the stripe direction - its not a 45* chevron, but still looks effective.