Been sewing up a storm here. Here are the first two husband shirts modeled by the man himself during the cool early morning hours (the thermometer said 110 yesterday afternoon).
This is the Victoria Jones Hawaiian shirt 210 pattern. This pattern has lots of great ready-to-wear features like the folded front bands and french seams. The side vents are nicely drafted, too. I changed the seam allowances on the collars and neckline and used the felled seam technique that I mentioned earlier (http://off-the-cuff-style.blogspot.com/2010/10/tutorial-felled-shoulder-seam-technique.html). He really likes this shirt and has already worn it a lot.
This shirt, a Simplicity vintage pattern, is made from a length of Hawaiian cotton fabric I found at a local thrift store a few years ago. I had barely enough for the shirt, but look how nicely the pattern accidentally matched across the front! I felled the seams on the sleeves using the regular 5/8 seam allowances the pattern calls for which required a bit of hand basting, but I was pleased at how well it turned out. These sleeves have a higher sleeve cap than more modern shirt patterns so I wasn’t sure it would work. I grafted the side vents from the Victoria Jones pattern onto this pattern.
Here’s the vintage Simplicity pattern which will now be a TNT for the spouse’s more casual sport shirts:
Here are the new fabrics we have for future shirts. Two of them were Father’s Day gifts from A, and the other is the one I found.