The longest UFO – McCalls 6044

I started making Paul another McCalls 6044 shirt shortly after finishing his first version back in June 2017.  This shirt is my longest ever work-in-progress garment so I’m THRILLED to have it finished. Because I made it so long ago I can’t remember many of the specific details – whoops!

I wanted the top finished for Paul to wear on the night of Frocktails. We planned a nice meal out with Lee and Helen of Nellie Joans who were staying with us during Frocktails weekend.

Ready for dinner and Frocktails!

This shirt is made from a cotton shirting I found at an emporium. It features cute scissors in navy on a grey background. I bought it for me but purchased more when Paul said he wanted a shirt in to show his support for his sewist wife.


To add extra pizzaz to the shirt I used a navy fabric which matched the shade of the scissors. The sleeve plackets, undercollar, collar stand and under cuffs are all in the same navy blue. The buttons are also stitched with navy thread.


The fabric had a tape measure running down the side seams of the fabric. I deliberately cut the centre-front of the shirt so this detail is on the inside of the button stand. It’s a detail that only Paul will likely notice. It’s one of his favourite details of this make.


I’m thrilled to see this shirt finished! Paul doesn’t wear many long-sleeved shirts so we won’t be making any more for a while. We are planning a number of short sleeve shirts for him which are much simpler to make. We will be trying other patterns with more shaping in the back. Let me know if you have any favourites.

Happy sewing!

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Lynda says:

    That’s an awesome shirt Emma – love it!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Lynda! 💜🤗


  2. Naomi says:

    Love the tape measure selvedge! That is a great little detail 😍


    1. Thanks Naomi! I’m glad he appreciated it! 💜 It’s the small details that make projects like this so worthwhile!


  3. Andrea says:

    Cool shirt. It was worth the wait I am sure.

    If you are wanting to make a different pattern I thoroughly recommend Thread Theory’s. It has a darted style plus a box pleat style and the front plackets are very cleverly constructed. Both Courteney and I have made lots of versions of this pattern for our varying shaped men and all have turned out really nice.


    1. Thanks Andrea! yes that one looks excellent! I’ll have to try it out. Thanks


  4. Anonymous says:

    Love it! my boyfriend’s shirt is also my longest project ever! I don’t find the perfect pattern. Maybe I’ll try yours 🙂


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