Oh, this shirt.
My intentions were so good. I started with Colette’s Negroni pattern and dug through my abundant plaid fabric collection for this blue and cream colorway. I believe it was from Drygoods many moons ago.
It was supposed to be a birthday shirt for M, then July whisked by.
I told myself no problem, it’s simply a late birthday present, and then August sped away.
Then, with our 11th wedding anniversary careening towards us, I finally completed it on September 3rd, our actual anniversary date.
He claims to love it, but here are the statements that he’s made so far: “Did you raid a Howard Johnson’s supply closet and steal a tablecloth? Or maybe it was a curtain?” And “I’ve never worn such a heavy shirt, putting it on is like a workout.” And “Very innovative of you to make a winter shirt with short sleeves.” It’s a good thing I have an excellent sense of humor.
And it’s true, the mid-weight cotton was a poor choice for this pattern, given all the facings and interfacings.
Now, it’s been a couple of months since I started making it, and almost a month since I’ve completed it, so I can’t say that I remember much of the details. I omitted the collar loop (a mid-century style detail, apparently) but otherwise, followed the instructions to the letter. I do remember not enjoying the process even though the instructions were superb and I was killing it in the print-matching department.
The lack of enjoyment was probably because I could tell that the shirt was going to weigh a ton and was most likely going to be too big for M (I cut an XL, which is his usual size, but he lost a lot of weight over the summer). Yet, I couldn’t quit on it.
The fit isn’t too bad, actually. He’s somewhere between a large and XL, and too big is better than too small, no? I’ve washed it a few times hoping to shrink it, but that’s some serious high quality cotton and it hasn’t budged in size.
But done is done, and undaunted, I’m looking to try a different pattern for the next shirt. Maybe McCall’s 6044…Morgan‘s made a bajillion versions for her husband and she’s a thoroughly trusted source.
“Can I choose the fabric next time?” M asked. I don’t know, do you get the sense that maybe he doesn’t love the shirt?
But he loves taking pix with K! In actuality, he may make endless fun of it, but M wears the shirt all the time — my sweet guy.
P.S. The winner of the giveaway is Norah, congrats!