MPB's shirt sew-along. I've never sewn any men's clothes so this seems like a good time to try it out. How different can it be?
First I had to measure my husband's chest. Not a problem. But the waist!...oh, what a surprise for him! I had to explain vanity sizing to him through my laughter. He says he likes vanity sizing. After that I showed him the shirt pattern Peter picked out. He said the pattern was nice but wasn't sure. I'm not spending much on "not sure". So we went to the Big 4 sites. He chose Simplicity 4760 (which is very much like the chosen pattern.)
Since Hobby Lobby was running Simplicity patterns for 99 cents I ran in and bought the pattern. Then it occurred to me as I got back in the car that it didn't have a collar stand and my husband wouldn't like that. There's no point in making a shirt he won't wear, so I pointed this out. He said he would just iron it to sit up higher. That won't work! Yes, we were sitting in the car bickering about patterns. So I ran back in and bought Simplicity 5366 --his second choice which now became his first choice.
While he and the boys went to the bookstore I went to the fabric store. Pitiful selection. I had bought myself some nice cotton shirting two weeks ago at Fabric.com with a coupon. If I had known about the sew-along then I would have bought him some. I ended up buying some Egyptian cotton broadcloth in blue. It's beautiful fabric (I'm eyeing it for myself), but it's not what I had in mind. He likes more of a firmer crisp cotton, such as Oxford, but I couldn't find any.
He's pointed out that he kind of likes the Western looking shirt on the pattern but done in all one color instead of the contrasting yoke. Sure, I'll make that. Why not?
He has also suggested that if all goes well I can make a Nudie suit later.
"A what!?!" I ask. "Is it anything like a birthday suit?" (No sewing involved in those!)
No, he explained that a Nudie suit was a very fancy rhinestone studded cowboy suit made by a designer named Nudie. Quite a few musicians had them including John Lennon, Elton John, Cher, and Gram Parsons. And of course, the usual cowboy stars: Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and even Robert Redford in the Electric Horseman. Nudie suits had all the trimmings.
Ok, no, I'm not making a Nudie suit (I like saying it though). I'm going to make a basic shirt.