Since Tim takes so many of my photos, I figured it’s only fair that I make him a little something every now and then. Plus, this means I get a break from being the model…woohoo!!
First off, I want to say how refreshing it was to open a Simplicity pattern book and find some fashion-forward men’s patterns! Mimi G has started adding men’s patterns to her line, and guess what? There’s not an oversized button-down, basic vest or pair of lounge pants in sight. And, none of them come with the coordinating mini-me children’s patterns either.
I picked up a couple of these new patterns, and the one I used for this shirt is Simplicity #8613. It comes with three different variations: a short sleeve baseball tee with a V-neck, a Henley with three-quarter length sleeves, and the version I made – a baseball tee with three-quarter length sleeves.
Making this shirt was a bit of a palette cleanser for me. Hot off a run of a couple of, oh let’s not call them fails – let’s call them projects that didn’t quite live up to my expectations, I needed a project that would be fun and easy. I needed a project that would remind me that sewing is supposed to fun – not stressful! Sometimes I get so caught up in making everything perfect and stretching my abilities, I forget to have fun along the way.
Since this was a bit of a spur-of-the-moment project, I decided to use fabrics already in my stash. I know black and gray aren’t the most exciting colors, but I think a classic cut in neutrals is always a good addition to a wardrobe.
A friend clearing out her stash gave me these fabrics. I don’t know exactly what type of knits they are, but they seem to be of the ponte persuasion. No matter what they are, they are a really nice quality. I especially like the gray fabric. I think the heathered color is more interesting than plain ol’ flat gray.
As far as actual construction goes, I had this shirt cut out and sewed up in under two hours. It would have been less time, but after finishing everything, I ripped out the hem and redid it. The stitching looked a little wonky, and I think tidy topstitching can make or break a garment. Precise topstitching can really take a garment from looking homemade to looking professional. On the inside, I finished all the seams with my serger.
I’m going to pause here for a little serger talk. I know many people sew knit garments entirely on their sergers, but I am not one of them. Even if I know a garment is going to fit perfectly, I always sew the seams on my regular sewing machine first. Once my fabric goes through the serger, I feel I’ve passed the point of no return. Using only a serger has burned me a few times in the past. So, the extra time to sew each seam twice is more than worth it to me. Anyone else out there sew their seams before using their serger?
The fit is spot on with this pattern. Although, I’m not sure Tim is totally sold on three-quarter length sleeves. I don’t know how much wear he’ll get out of it before it gets too warm, but I am planning on making a few short sleeve versions out of lighter knits for summer.
When Tim saw the pattern envelope, he said he liked the version with the floral sleeve. Of course, that got my gears turning for future versions. I mean, that was him giving me his blessing to go wild with the colors and patterns next time…right?
Until next time,