A Classic Tiki Shirt

by Lily on July 22, 2013 · 5 comments

in 1950s,Mens,Modern Patterns,Shirts,Vintage Sewing

After some uncomfortably warm temperatures and my poor fella only having one decent cool-weather shirt, I decided to try something new and sew a men’s shirt.

I used a contemporary pattern with a classic, ageless style (Vogue 8800) and picked a blue and brown tiki print cotton fabric. I thought the combination evoked a very retro feel.

The pattern worked up quickly and incorporated some nice techniques like flat-felled seaming. ┬áIt made for a fast, fun project and I’ve already purchased more fabric to make another.

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I am wife, mother, and vintage aficionado. I enjoy sewing clothing for myself and my family. I also knit and crochet from time to time. I am still struggling to find a balance between all my hobbies, as there is only so much time in a day.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

mariebayarea July 22, 2013 at 8:07 pm

This is a great shirt for your mister!


tanyamaile July 23, 2013 at 8:22 am

What an awesome shirt! Thanks for giving me the idea to make one for my husband!


EmSewCrazy July 23, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Nice! I need to bite the bullet and tackle some men’s shirts for my uber skinny brothers sometime soon.


Rebecca July 23, 2013 at 9:45 pm

How I long to sew my man an entire wardrobe of vintage-inspired attire! You’ve inspired me, as well, to at least pitch him the idea :P

Great work on the shirt, ohthatlily! I especially love the retro-feeling print :) I look forward to seeing more of your work.


ohthatlily July 27, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Thanks for all the compliments! The pattern was really very easy, so we have no excuses there. ;)

My husband is now requesting that I make him a vintage waistcoat. :)


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