On the Cutting Table...Vogue 8800

Friday, April 6, 2012

Next up, an evaluation of this fairly recently released Vogue pattern for a semi-fitted mens shirt.
I get countless email messages asking me for recommendations for  a "Good Man's Shirt".  So when a new pattern comes out, I do my best to give it a try. 

Since most of the shirts I make are custom hand-drafted garments for clients... my husband Roger is usually the lucky recipient of these test shirts.  And since I really dislike to sew a  muslin from actual "muslin", I am using one of the many batiks I have in stash, bought "on-sale-with-a-coupon-too."

Yes, I am going to make the short-sleeve version in this marbleized batik. I think this fabric is one of those "in small doses" prints, don't you?  A long sleeved shirt would just be "much too much" in this fabric.   But I think a short sleeve version in this fabric will look kind of cool for a slim guy in his mid-fifties...we'll see.

While sewing this shirt, I'll be evaluating many things such as the shape of the yoke as it relates to the back, the shape of the collar, the amount of ease in the sleeve cap and its height...among other things.