This man here will always challenge my husband’s position in my heart.   I made this shirt for his birthday in time to mail it to him as a surprise.  When he got it, he thought it was the pants to the suit I started 2 years ago.  No such luck buddy! Those pants will be finished soon, but with a different material for the waistband and the pockets.  You see, when I made the suit coat, I ran out of fabric to finish the pants.  Besides, I doubt seriously he will be able to fit the pants by now.

Some people say they don’t like sewing for family.  Well, not me…I LOVE sewing for my family.  Especially, when they aren’t picky about what I make and how I make it.  They give me the freedom to just create, with no specific deadlines, besides the ones I place on myself, and their happiness when I see them wearing the garment.  I just love it!!! For REAL!!!  ((((-:  Big grins on my face.

I made this from a fine shirting fabric I bought from the one of the only folks I buy shirting, The Wool House, while at a sewing convention in Atlanta or LA some years back.  The only way to buy from them other than going to their store in Canada, which I think is still open, is to see them at any sewing expo or conference they might frequent.  I know he will be at the upcoming International Quilt Festival here in Houston this coming month.  Of course, I will be stocking up again.  The last time I went to New York to purchase fabric, namely, fine shirting fabric such as this, it was not happening.  The minimum purchase requirements for my business were higher than I wanted to spend and the retail cost were astronomical.  So waiting once each year to see him here, is well worth it to me. 
Kwiksew 2777 Men’s shirt cut in size medium/small.

Construction Details:
The pattern is Kwiksew 2777.  I cut a size a size medium for the shoulders, and graded down to a size small at the waist and arms.  The Shirt runs really large, so since this pattern was custom fit to him, I’m sorry, but its hard to remember all that I have done to this pattern to get it to fit him.  I have made this one for him and my dad several times.  Sometimes, I just don’t blog everything.  Here are a few close-ups for you to enjoy.

The pocket is there, you just need to look very closely.

I used a flat felled seam treatment for the entire garment.  Both the side seams and the sleeves seams. It was kinda hard getting into that sleeve, but well worth it in the long run.
The sleeve placket was very easy, I just followed the technique used by the pattern.
The collar was cut with the opposite side of the fabric for contrast.  The back yoke was cut with a center seam so I could get the chevron affect.
Thanks for following along.  I so loved doing this shirt.  It’s time for another one.  I guess I better get that one completed for my husband next, right?

Have you ever taken pictures for Sew-N-Tell that you just didn’t want to share?  This post may display a few of those pics of some really weird expressions on my face.  Half the time I didn’t know what the heck I was looking at, or where I was looking.  My hand wasn’t communicating with my face when I pressed the remote for the camera.  But I did remember to smile.  
Pokadot blouse

Either way, I still felt compelled to share my dotted blouse with you guys.  I have been promising a few of my friends and sewing buds that I would talk about this one for sometime now.  I made this back in July, and have worn it several times.  I guess I will call this one: #LATER-Blog, since late Instagram shots are tagged #latergram.  This internet/social media language is hilarious with all the hashtags and acronyms and such.  

  Pokadot blouse
Shirts and blouses are lacking in my closet, so lately I have been really trying to fill the gap.  This is blouse part of a series of queued items I have been working to get done.  I do love button down shirts.  They are so simple to dress up or down. 
Pokadot blouse
This one is the basic darted front top with a separate collar stand and the continuous lapped cuff with pleats.  OOH but me, with my rushing ended up putting the darn thing on backwards, oh well!!!  If you are close enough to see it, then you must sew!! Because I didn’t catch it until I was wearing it the second time around.  LOL  That is so funny!!  
Pokadot blouse
The first time I wore this blouse, I had the sleeves rolled up because it was so crazy hot here.  The fabric is really cool and quite breezy, but I do live in an extremely humid climate. The pattern does run short, so if you are taller than say 5’5″, you better add some inches to the hem.  I didn’t add anything and I’m 5’5″.  
Pokadot blouse
The back has shoulder darts, which I hate, because I always have to make them smaller.  My back is much straighter than what these patterns allow for in the upper back and shoulder areas.  I did, however, have to make a few adjustment worth mentioning:
  • Broad back adjustment of 1/2″
  • FBA of 1.5″, which made for a really large dart that I have to rotate a portion of into the side seam and waist dart.
  • I extended the front and back waist darts through to the hem
  • added 2 inches at the hip

Fabric considerations call for lightweight linens, chiffon, silk types and such.  I used a Silk/Cotton Voile ETA:  My fabric is a Cotton/Linen Lawn,  I picked up in Portland this past summer.

After I got home, in my inbox was an announcement from Sew Much Fabric, called “Seeing Dots” offering a fabric with the same colors but different fiber content less the plane ticket of course!!!