Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Chocolate with a little zing; Tim's Christmas shirt

I made a shirt for our eldest son for a Christmas pressie...
using Burda 7767 (surprise!!) and some lovely deeply sludgy, purply-chocolate linen bought from the Fabric Store in Melbourne during our September visit there, and I found the perfect turquoise buttons and matching thread in KnitWit.
Tim is quite a snappy dresser and cares about his wardrobe, he likes clothes that have that distinctive modern-hipster look; classic lines but with odd details and a slightly grungy edge.  This pattern does have very classic lines, and I thought the unexpected neon jolt of the turquoise buttons and matching thread I used for topstitching throughout adds the edge that the shirt needs to steer it firmly away from boring (from a young man's point of view) "classic" territory and shimmy it into the "hipster" sphere.
To really bring the vivid turquoise visually into the spotlight; I added buttons galore and OD'd on the topstitching, going for double top-stitching throughout, wherever a button or topstitching could be put, there it went!
I added two bellows breast pockets.  The pockets have angled lower corners and the pocket flaps have contrasting curved lower edges, for a bit of visual non-matchingness... something quirky, therefore hipster.  
The sleeves have a separate folded-up cuff with double buttonholes and buttons for decoration.
The armscye seams are flat felled on the inside using my tutorial for flat-felling a curved seam here to achieve this neatly, and the side seams are French seams.  The lower edge is curved and finished with a narrow hem.

By the way; this shirt is a true button-down shirt.  
This other shirt that I made for Dad is NOT an button-down shirt... see the difference?  
A button-down shirt is of course one in which the collar buttons down onto the body of the shirt....  NOT a shirt which simply buttons to put on and take off the shirt, for heaven's sake.  A coupla months ago Club BMV sent around an email advertising a course for sewing a tailored shirt, which is all well and good and probably an excellent course... however the blurb waxing lyrical about the "classic button-down shirt" was accompanied by a photo of a shirt that was clearly not a button-down shirt.  I'm sure I'm not the only one who was pained to the core at the sight of it.  I'm very glad to see they've rectified their error now though.

Details:
Shirt; Burda 7767 modified, my review of this pattern here, made of purply-chocolate linen

22 comments:

  1. I like the turquoise zing. As far as I can tell "button-down shirt" seems to be an American thing to differentiate between a proper shirt with buttons and a "shirt" that is actually a knit top :-? Maybe someone can explain.

    Kathleen (also in Perth)

    PS I loved the owl parliaments.

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    1. KathleenS;
      my information is from my late grandfather who owned a menswear store in London prior to WW2... and as I explained above: "button-down" is a tailoring term used to distinguish between a shirt in which the collar buttons down onto the body of the shirt, and one in which a collar does not.

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    2. I think she means that *now* in America it tends to mean a shirt with buttons. Since language is constantly evolving...

      Loving the colour combination. Its a favourite of mine.

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  2. Another fabulous shirt Carolyn! Such fun to use the same pattern yet each shirt is so individual. Merry Christmas to you and your family... thanks too for sharing your creativity through the year, I've enjoyed reading all your blog posts.

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  3. A really nice shirt! What a lucky son to have a mom who can make him grungy/hipster clothing. :)

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  4. What a great looking shirt! I hope your son likes it, because you went the extra mile to make it meet his parameters for cool clothing.
    I'm an American and as far as I know, a "button down shirt" refers to the collar tips buttoning down. Although, it's possible the younger generation is changing the meaning. I hope not. I cringe at so many words and phrases whose meanings and uses have "evolved" since I first learned them!

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  5. I love the color combination. The turquoise buttons are just awesome. I didn't know the the meaning of "button down" shirt until recently. My husband actually is the one who explained it to me. I've always heard of shirts with a button placket called "button UP" shirts around here (South Carolina, USA). But then again, we're all a bunch of rednecks where I'm from ;)- We have all sorts of incorrect language. I could write a pretty funny blog post, I bet...

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  6. Great shirt! I'm glad he likes it. I'm American and I know perfectly well what a button down shirt is. I'm tellin' ya, this younger generation ...

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  7. Really cool work Carolyn. Even DH thinks your work is tops!

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  8. I love those buttons, such a great colour against the shirt!

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  9. Love the zing! And admire your careful details, too. Any little bit of sloppiness would show with so much contrast, and you pulled off with aplomb!
    Happy Boxing Day!

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  10. You make so many beautiful shirts, the color details brings youth and looks great

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  11. Oh I really like the buttons and top stitching on that one.

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  12. I'm in total awe of your workmanship. The design is totally cool, too. How long did it take you to make it? I do very simple projects with my serger, usually without a pattern. The last (and only!) time I made something that buttoned down the front was in the '70's, a chambray shirtdress. It was pin-tucked too. I think I'm too impatient now, but I have a huge appreciation for work like yours.

    Happy holidays!!

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  13. Love the colors of the shirt you made for your son.
    Your son has the same beautiful curls that my middle son (he's 23) has. Unfortunately, my son cuts his hair very short and his curls are hidden :(

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  14. Love this shirt and can see my nephew in it as well but had better make one for DH first.

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  15. You're a wonderful mother. And I totally love the "zing"! :)

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  16. Beautiful (and hip) shirt, and great color choices.
    Maybe the term for "button down" is changing, but according to a family member who's a Ralph Lauren freak, Lauren still means the collar is buttoned down. So doth the Lauren speak.

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  17. What an awesome colour combo!

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