Earlier this summer, I was suffering from a self imposed fabric buying ban. I was saving up to pay the tuition on a web development class which I am currently taking- so I had to pinch some pennies and curb my insatiable desire for MORE FABRIC. Let me tell you, it was trying. I focused on sewing down my stash, which has gone fairly well so far.
But then I saw this gorgeous gray linen, and my resolve began to slip. I tried to think of a creative solution to my conundrum (besides shoplifting, that is). What I came up with was that my boyfriend really needed a new shirt. So I convinced HIM to buy the fabric! You might consider this to be a bit of bending of the rules, but it helps that we got an amazing deal on the linen.
I had previously attempted to sew Dan a shirt, using the Negroni pattern, but I have embarrassingly never quite finished it. It is well on it’s way, but just a bit too tight on him- so it’s lying in the UFO pile. For this shirt, I wanted a more classic cut- so I went with a vogue pattern- V8096. I must say that I enjoyed every minute of sewing this shirt. I love the way a button down shirt goes together like origami, with all that clever construction to hide the seams on the inside.
This is Dan doing his best model face. Isn’t he handsome?
I was nervous while I was sewing it up that he might not like it. I also was afraid that it might come out looking too homemade, and then I couldn’t blame him for not wanting to wear it. Luckily for me, it came out great and he loves it! And hey, I think it looks pretty good on me too: