Category Archives: shirtmaking

Wrapping the Shirt

While trolling in my fabric collection for my next project, I came across this shirting that I originally bought think I would make a menswear-styled shirt. Then when I thought a bit, I realized that something a little more feminine might be nice. I looked through my patterns and came across this nice summery Vogue […]

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Cool Linen

While poking around in my fabric collection for something to go with my new skirt, I saw this brown linen and loved it for the color matching with the skirt, and the contrast between the opulent skirt fabric and the humble weave of the linen. This fabric has a fantastic hand, and it retained its […]

Variation on a Shirt

I’ve been thinking about shirts for spring, and am looking for a slightly more casual take on the classic shirt. I’ve seen some interesting use of contrast out and about from designers, and thought it would be nice to try it. Looking in my fabric closet, I did not seem to have any shirting fabrics […]

Creating Contrast

My current project is a shirt with a contrast placket. Rather than picking 2 coordinating fabrics, I took some of my shirting fabric and dyed it orange to create the contrast.

Slacker No More

I met Andrea for lunch and fabric shopping a couple of weeks ago. I don’t think she actually meant to do this, but she made me feel like a slacker for hemming my shirts without putting a little triangle of contrast fabric at the side hem. The problem is, this is the last thing that […]

Stop Me Before I Shirt Again

My shirt compulsion continues. The inspiration for this shirt is a photo that Shams pinned to her Pinterest page. I thought it was cool. Then I thought, “I could do that.” The pattern is from The Book of Mens Shirts by Ryuichiro Shimazaki. This is the third, or possibly fourth, shirt I have made with […]

Just Like a Dad

Last year, I made my husband a button front short sleeve shirt for Father’s Day. This shirt makes him look so darned Dad-like that this may just become a tradition. Seriously, what is more Dad-like than a button-up short sleeved shirt? It’s like the Dad uniform. I used the same pattern as last year’s shirt, […]

The Pajama Look

Perhaps I mentioned my fascination with shirts lately. Here’s my latest. It is a pattern from the book “Book of Mens Shirts” by Ryuichiro Shimazaki, altered for me. The fabric is a silk sheer-and-opaque stripe with dots printed on. I think it looks a bit like a pajama top, but nice enough that it would […]

Feeling Shirty

My current mood is causing me to be a bit obsessed with the shirt. This black silk one should be a useful addition to my wardrobe. While I was making it, I pulled out 5 or 6 other fabrics from my closet to make more shirts with. The pattern came from Book of Mens Shirts […]

Seersucker Sheer

This shirt is all about the fabric. It’s a seersucker that alternates opaque and sheer stripes! How amazing is that? I used a very simple camp shirt pattern so the fabric could really shine. The pattern came from a Japanese shirtmaking book by Ryuichiro Shimazaki that I bought a while back. Initially, I was thinking […]