I have been making so many items for myself lately, I really felt pulled to finally make something for my husband for Father's Day. I have only ever made him one item, a Star Wars bag that he brings with him to baseball games so he can have something to hold waters and any giveaways they might have. I have wanted to make him a Hawaiian/camp shirt for years, but I always find something else to occupy me instead. So when I was presented with my June post AND Fabric Mart had both this adorable Japanese quilting cotton in a black volcano print and Colette's Negroni pattern for sale, I told them I had my June project! I knew my husband would love his shirt since he currently has ten of these kind of shirts in his closet and is the closest he gets to dressing up. (Well barring the two or three times a year he wears a suit.)
He did love it, though, he just had that one minor issue.
The hem is slightly rounded at the side seams, not a big deal, but it did require me to ease in the excess hem material when hemming it up.
I like the fit a lot. Most patterns for men have ridiculous ease built into them. I have another camp shirt pattern that has something like ten inches built into the pattern at the chest. I mean I know that men like things loose, but we aren't making a winter coat that has to fit over bulky sweaters here! I would have even liked to try making this pattern smaller (and will definitely make his next version smaller through the waist and hips). I know he won't want anything smaller than a medium, but if your husband prefers a more slim fit, go with the true size, and you will have a slim cut for sure.
He will likely wash this with his clothing but then line dry it since he doesn't like to dry his clothing that is "nice" in the dryer. That will allow this shirt to stand up to wear even better.
The colors and print on this fabric are very clear, well executed, and vibrant. It is a Japanese cotton, and from what I have read, the Japanese quilting cottons are prized. It is the typical 44" width, so keep that in mind if you plan to use it. This pattern required nearly 2.5 yards of this fabric.
I found the pattern, while it came together nicely, didn't have enough match points at the seams. When you are crafting a pattern with a very visible repeat like this one (it is almost like I was sewing with stripes), you need those match points. Mine turned out great, but I spent a lot of my sewing time on the cutting stage to ensure the seams would match up at proper printed placement.
Because this pattern makes up a very 1950s/1960s kind of shirt, I decided to go for buttons that look like "wood," as many Hawaiian shirts of that era featured wooden or coconut buttons (some still do). The effect is kind of cool, the dark background with the lighter colored buttons makes for a striking appearance. I found these buttons in my stash, I believe they were from a Fabric Mart button bundle from a few years ago. :-) If I had made this in the lighter version of the Volcano print, like what I made my dress from (at the bottom), I would have used coconut buttons for contrast (if I could find them, of course).
also available from Fabric Mart. I like the black version, but my skin tone looks horrible in black, so this cream works so much better for me.
Even after making both a man's button up shirt and a woman's dress, I had a lot of fabric left over in both colors, so I decided that I would make both boys a pair of shorts in the black color and my daughter a skirt in this cream color. Yes, we are going to be *that family* who has matching clothing, lol. I will limit when we all wear it, but if you know us personally, be prepared for our Christmas card, which will likely have a photo of us all wearing it. Thankfully most of our family and friends enjoy our craziness, so they should smile and not grimace when they receive it in December. ;-)
The children's clothes are cut, but not sewn. I promise to send Fabric Mart a photo of all of us in our gear when I do finish them and can get us all together for a photo.
Stylish Dress Book." This is the cover dress, though mine is altered a lot so it looks different.
This pattern is made up in a size medium at the shoulders and bust, and the large at the waist and hips. My measurements are technically small, medium, and large from bust through hips, but I had read that these pattern books do run small since they are made for the Japanese population, and in general women there are shorter and thinner than I am. Turns out this particular pattern runs large, and thankfully I read that before cutting mine out, so instead of adding seam allowances, I just traced the medium/large and cut it out on those lines, and used a 5/8" seam allowance throughout. So technically I probably have a small/medium here after it was sewn up. It fits great and all the pieces fit beautifully together. Very nicely drafted. I did add four inches to the hem since I am 5'8" and even with the world's narrowest hem (1/2"), it is still above my knee. These patterns are not drafted for the tall.
I didn't want to have a dress with no waist definition, so I decided to add a bit of elastic at the waistline (I used a point *just* above my natural waist--I have a very high waist). I used a bit of bias binding on the inside as a way of encasing the elastic and it turned out well (I will explain more on that in my blog post later this week at my blog).
I also chose not to add the sleeves. I really like the way the shorter cap sleeves look on this dress, great for summer. I do think, though, when I make this up without the elastic at the waist, I will add the sleeves. I will likely try that look with a solid color linen or wool, which I think will be both beautiful and comfortable.
The pockets are brilliant, and are exactly the right size for comfort. I am so glad I added them. Like on my husband's shirt, I wanted them to disappear, so I made sure to do the same technique when laying out the pattern piece.
Okay, that's it for today. I really hope all of you are having a lovely Saturday! Happy sewing and Happy Early Father's Day!
~Dina of My Superfluities.