Monday, 9 February 2015

Man's Liberty shirt

Over the past few weeks I have been doing some selfless sewing - I mean you have to now and again, don't you?  There was a pre-christmas hint from my husband for a Liberty shirt, eek! Why eek?  Well, it's Liberty, therefore a little more pricey than your average shirt cotton (not that I mind, of course) but I had never made a man's shirt and basically was a little bit afraid of making a mess of my 3 metres of Liberty.  It was meant to be for Christmas, but I just didn't have the time to put into it then, but I am pleased to say that it is now finished.

I used the pattern Burda 7525, Version 1, which has a half button down placket.  After much contemplation and deliberation I chose a paisley pattern called Bourton (Tana Lawn) which is broadly beige, brown and red, which I purchased from sewbox, here.  Liberty had a man's shirt in this fabric so I reckoned it would be fine.

Burda 7525
I took it slowly, details were the collar, the button placket, a back pleat and the cuff and sleeve placket.  It was the first time using a Burda pattern and it was fine,  the instructions were adequate. They use slightly different terms in places like 'baste' which I thought was a temporary long stitch, but as far as I could see these seams were meant to stay in, but I could be wrong.

It was my first time using my new sewing machine for buttonholes which makes it all so much easier (apart from one where my bobbin thread ran out - stupid!) so there may be more garments with buttonholes now.  Hooray!

Pleat detail on back with triangle top stitching (at the top)

Liberty buttons.
I'm glad I took my time because I think it turned out well, tried to get nice neat top stitching.  I probably should have used a colour that would have stood out more otherwise it blends in too well and you wonder what the point of doing it is then. Must remember that for future shirt-making.

He seems pretty pleased and it is unique I guess.  I'm pleased too and now I can get on with some spring planning for what I 'need' to sew - yes, spring!