I’ve been busy the last couple months with sewing that wasn’t vintage. There were a couple of zombie events where I needed to make a Pride and Prejudice costume and a steampunk-ish costume. Then I needed to make three Santa themed costumes.
I digress, this post isn’t about those projects.
A bit of back story – my husband spends pretty much 99% of his days in shorts, tank top and button down shirts. EVEN WHEN IT SNOWS. It use to be T-shirts, but as he’s the owner of his own tech company, I finally talked him into wearing shirts with buttons.
Quite a few months ago I posted about a box of retro patterns I was gifted by a friend and her family. It was filled with patterns from the 50s-70s for men, women and kids. This project is a button down shirt from that box of patterns.
I showed the hubby a couple of different patterns and he chose the pattern above, view 3 (short sleeves).
The hubby is a big fan of orange and plaid and I managed to find plaid shirting for $4/m. I pre-washed and matched the stripes before cutting. I know a lot of people find matching plaid intimidating, but a shirt project is a good place to start. You don’t necessarily need to match every seam – it’s up to you.
I decide to cut the front pocket, the collar and back yoke on the bias to give the shirt some visual interest. This patterns had the ease in the back dealt with slight gathering instead of pleats. For a casual shirt, I think this is a great idea, but would still use pleats if I was making the dress shirts.
One of the little details this shirt has that I love is the notched sleeve. Simple detail, but a really nice touch.