Friday, December 28, 2012

White Christmas; Craig's Christmas shirt


I made a shirt for Craig for Christmas too; and used er, hehehe; Burda 7767 again!  I bought some very nice white cotton broadcloth from Spotlight; and the buttons are also from Spotlight.
Actually, this shirt is a response to a rarity; a request.   Rumblings and murmurings about a nice, smart-casual, short-sleeved white shirt have been increasing in frequency and volume for a few weeks, at least.
I tuned in.  I took action.
Most satisfyingly, he was very very pleased when he opened up his pressie on Christmas morning! and he put it on straight away.  Actually, all my boys put their new shirts on straight away.  Cassie put on her new outfit too (hers to appear here tomorrow!!  :)  )  Most gratifying.  I have to confess; Christmas lunch I looked around, and Dad was wearing this shirtmy two boys and my husband wearing their shirts, and my daughter, as well as (duh) myself; was wearing an outfit made by me. .  My heart just ... well, swelled.  Real warm fuzzy moment   (sigh) 
This is a fairly simple version of the pattern.  Simple was just about all I could cope with by this time, since as you can imagine I was fast approaching men's-shirt saturation point .... And after the hard and heavy duty this pattern has endured over the past few months I think it deserves a nice little rest now  :)  Time to go bye-byes, good and faithful well-thumbed pattern, wishing you sweet pattern-y dreams and I'll see you in... oh, sometime in the future, I'm sure ....  if when I can muster a skerrick of enthusiasm.
and (whispers) you can be sure I will be leaping with joy upon some new patterns in the New Year.  Yup.  NEW.  Patterns!  Whoo hooooo!!!
This latest version of Burda 7767 has short sleeves, and two very simple squared patch breast pockets, the left one has been partitioned to have a pen compartment.
For the first time I gave the shirt a club collar by curving the collar points off.
The armscye seam allowances are flat felled; utilising a gathering stitch along the curved sleeve cap to achieve this neatly.  The side and sleeve seams are flat-felled also.
I usually like to add a traditionally curved lower hem to my mens' shirts; but this time I went with a split side seam.  It is hard to see with the white-on-white stitching; but I stitched horizontally along the top of the split with a tight, closely spaced bar of zip-zag stitching.
Going by the worn worn state of Craig's current white short-sleeved shirt collection; I am completely confident this one will be getting tonnnnnes of wear!

Details:
Burda 7767 modified, white cotton, my review of this pattern here

21 comments:

  1. I hope you keep that pattern in a vault, with many sturdy copies in other safe places. :D Another great shirt! Well done, mama.

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  2. I can imagine how you felt seeing all your hard work being worn. Made me feel the same way when my little 2.5 year old granddaughter pointed to her apron (she seems to forget what its called) to wear it and then insists I wear mine too.

    Love the newest member to your shirt family.

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  3. Wow, you really have stamina and all the shirts look great. You have been a real inspiration to me this year!

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  4. Wow Carolyn - the shirts for your men (I'm just catching up on some reading) are simply beautiful. I think you've got great value from that pattern too :) I'm not surprised that your family were all wearing garments made by you - it's obvious that you put a lot of thought into the little details to make each item special.

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  5. Love this one too! You've been so prolific in your sewing as of late, Carolyn. One of these days I hafta make my man a shirt. (She says after coming home from the mall with 3 bags of men's clothing...for her man...)

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  6. You have created such incredible shirts from this pattern.(I read some of your previous post) Each one looks great on your men. I love those flat fell seams and all your fabric choices.

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  7. Another magnificent shirt! I can understand why you're ready to park this pattern for a while. Cranking out more or less the same thing in multiples is not my idea of fun sewing. But somehow you do it.

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  8. I can understand your desire to put this pattern away even with all the wonderful variations and this last one for your DH is just what mine would like, so maybe a trip to Spotlight is not too far away.

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  9. You are so amazing with all your creations, great job.

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  10. Thanks for showing all these men's shirts and the details. I am just about to embark on my first man's shirt (for my elder son's next birthday). I will be definitely checking out your flat felling tips then. It is a great feeling to see your family all in the clothes you made! Maybe I will achieve that soon. :)

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  11. I knew you must have been busy preparing something for the family. All of these shirts are wonderful.
    I'll just have to wait for your Cassie write up.
    The littlest ones loved their Aunty-made gifts too but they were nothing on the amount of finely made clothes you've created for the family.

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  12. Great shirts! You are putting this pattern away, and my 2 guys are asking for it to be made up. Love all your versions, with the tips to help make them up. Thanks for the ground work...J

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  13. Each of the last few days has brought a new object lesson in elevating a simple design with brilliantly chosen details and super-polished construction. Thanks for filling my blog reader with these visual delights.

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  14. Wow, you have been so busy with your sewing. How utterly gratifying to see your whole family wearing outfits made by your own hand! I think it is wonderful.

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  15. You were a busy bee before Christmas! All you shirts look so wonderfully made. I bet seeing your whole family in something you made was a great feeling!

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  16. Fabulous shirt! It has many cute details, well done!!!
    I hope you are having a nice Christmas Carolyn :-)

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  17. Your shirts are so beautiful. I must try to get the pattern as I could sew shirts for four men.
    Greetings from cold Europe
    Mercedes

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  18. That looks amazing! Your construction looks so perfect, I'm in awe! xxx

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  19. Liked this so much that I reblogged it :)
    http://makemypattern.com/posts/Shirt-porn-Craig-s-Xmas-shirt-by-Carolyn

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