Making Menswear McCalls 6044

6044lineOne of my goals this year was to make a men’s shirt for Paul. I chose the popular McCalls 6044  pattern. It is a modern slim-fit pattern which suits Paul’s style.

From his measurements, I cut a size medium. Since Paul has lost weight I would have been better to cut a size small.

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The main fabric is a cotton poplin sourced from Clear It in Melbourne. We used remnants of Liberty Tana Lawn for detail sourced from The Fabric Store. These two fabrics together were quite fine so I used a microtex needle throughout the construction. I sourced the buttons from Arrowmountain. We chose the four hole shirt buttons for the front band and the cat buttons for the cuffs. We thought it would look really cute having cats buttons as it adds interest to the cuff and he loves his cats!

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I added lots of hidden details to the shirt to make it distinct from a ready-to-wear garment. I used Liberty fabric for the underside of the collar and outside collar stand as well as the front bands, the cuffs and the plackets. It took a bit of time to decide on the perfect placement for everything.

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I was lucky to be guided in the making of this shirt by the talented seamstresses Maryanne and Kat from Made Marion. They taught an amazing class which has helped improve my sewing and pressing techniques. I hope to share some tips with you all at a later stage.

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Paul is thrilled with the shirt. I’ve already cut out another shirt in the same size. If I increase the seam allowance to 2cm instead of 1.5cm will it be enough to improve the fit?

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Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any shirt making tips or tricks for my next shirt.

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Paul and I wore our matching shirts on the last day of Me-Made-May.

 

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