Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Chambray Dobbies McCall's 6044

Here's Tim wearing his Christmas present! I gave it to him early because I can't keep a secret.

The pattern is my go-to buttondown pattern for Tim, McCall's 6044. This is the 4th time I made it; can't go wrong! I made my usual fit changes (L at the shoulders, between M and L from the armpits down).


At some point I should probably branch out and try some other shirt patterns... on the other hand why stray from the tried and true?


The fabric is Kaufman chambray dobbies that I bought at Grey's Fabric when I was in Boston last month, picked out with the help of the lovely Ashley, of Katy and Laney fame.


I love the little dobbies, although this chambray is a bit thicker/stiffer than others I've used. I'm hoping it'll soften up with a few wears and washes. But that certainly made it easy to sew! 


I changed up the method I used for the collar, using the Four Square Walls method, plus a glue stick. Hallelujah! Best collar I've done. 


I also used the glue stick for the cuffs, to excellent results. The cute striped-edge buttons are from Chatuchak market here in Bangkok. It's like they were made for this shirt:


He likes it and I think it looks pretty slick... perfect for the business-casual office.


Speaking of the office, for those of you who like to see "in the wild" shots (hi, Colleen!), here's a semi-wild version of Tim wearing the shirt while working (albeit at our kitchen table). 


Bonus working-by-the-Christmas-tree shot:


Merry Christmas!!

39 comments:

  1. Very nice! Merry Christmas to you, too!

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  2. Hey it's great. If I'd mastered such a great fit I'd definitely not stray - looks super!

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    1. Ha ha, mastered... I wish! Luck and a bit of tinkering. As long as he's happy with it, I'm happy! Thanks ;-)

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  3. Great shirt! I always give presents early too!

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! Ha ha, glad I'm not the only one that can't wait!

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  4. Wow Meg ... this must be the perfect men's shirt! He is such a lucky fellow!

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    1. Thanks, Sasha!! I should really make him more than 4 shirts a year... I am mostly a selfish sewist!!

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  5. Great shirt! What a lucky guy. :)

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    1. Thanks, Andie!! I'm the lucky one to find a shirt pattern that fits him so well with so little effort.

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  6. Fantastic! I am a convert to this pattern too - need to try a cuff version! Looks wonderful :-) Happy holidays to you :-)

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    1. Thanks!! It's a great pattern, isn't it? Happy holidays to you, too!

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  7. Great fit! I love fabrics like this - solids, but still interesting because of the texture. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks, Masha! I agree- this type of not-solid solid is great, particularly for mens' shirts. Merry Christmas to you, too!

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  8. Looks great, really professional! One day I'll tackle shirts... maybe.

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    1. Thanks, Megan! You should try shirts. They're easier than you think and once you get into the groove, they're strangely addictive.

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  9. It looks great, so profesh and great fit! I made Josh a shirt too but he always picks such difficult fabrics (thick flannel in this case!) so it's not quite as neat as I'd like. I'm sure he'll like it though!

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    1. Thanks, Katie!! Ha ha, I rarely let Tim pick fabrics anymore. Last time he did, he picked a gauzy cotton plaid that I know will be a nightmare to pattern match. I still haven't cut into it.

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    1. Thanks, Nique!! I need to remember to take detail photos more often.

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  11. ah! that last photo literally looks like it is out of a magazine or catalog. I love it. thanks for indulging me. next up: a gif of tim dancing in his new shirt. can't wait!

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    1. Ha ha. The last two shots are Tim trying to get back to work post-photo shoot. He's a much better model when he doesn't know I'm taking photos!

      Dancing GIF coming right up!

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  12. Very nice shirt and the fit is terrific. I have had a lot of success with this pattern too.

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    1. Thanks so much! Isn't it just a great, solid basic pattern?

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  13. It looks great!!! I love the in-the-wild shots too! Such a natural model! ;-) Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks, Inder! Ha ha, natural model. Only when he doesn't know he's being photographed!

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  14. This looks so great! I can't remember if it is this pattern or a Simplicity men's button down that I have...this is on my list to make for my husband in 2016 but I'm nervous! I think I need to master one or two button downs for myself first.

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    1. Thanks, Victoria! In some ways, I think a men's buttondown is easier to fit than a woman's because of our curves, but in other ways, men have a much smaller range of what's acceptable, style-wise, which is a challenge for me.

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  15. what a wonderful present. Loved the photos too. Happy new year darling

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    1. Thanks, Rachel!! Happy new year to you, too!!

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  16. This shirt is great Meg! I have the same issue when I make my boys shirts - I can't keep them a secret! I love this pattern too and really why mess with a good thing?

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    1. Ha ha- I totally gave him his Christmas present on like December 18, the day he came back from a business trip. I couldn't wait! Glad I'm not the only one!

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  17. Hi Meg. I've never sewed anything for my dude. I mostly stick to me and the littles. Would this pattern work with a tie, or is it too casual? Also, did you make or buy the little tag inside? I'd love to do something like this too! Thanks for sharing all your sewing talent!!

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    1. Hi Meghan! Hmmm... I quizzed my husband about your tie question. We think this pattern could be worn with a tie, depending on your fabric choice. However, this pattern comes in sizes S-M-L, not specific neck sizes, so that might affect the tie-wearing if your dude is particular about the neck fit. How's that for a non-answer answer?

      The labels I had made at the Etsy shop Ananemone Labels. They have tons of different options! https://www.etsy.com/shop/ananemone

      Hope this is helpful!!

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