Friday, August 12, 2016

Batik Print Mixing: McCall's 6044

I've got a whole list of fun things to make for Tim (a blazer, a workout top, some pants, a couple of buttondown shirts), but I keep coming back to this pattern for him...


I've made McCall's 6044 so many times now (this is my sixth time!) that I feel like I can practically make it in my sleep. Because I got the fit issues worked out a long time ago, it's a quick and satisfying sew. The short sleeved version is particularly fast! It's easier to make one of these than work out the fit issues on those other patterns I have in the queue... 


Tim brought home this great piece of batik from his last business trip to Jakarta (head to Thamrin City mall if you're in the city and on the hunt for batik), so I decided to whip him up a McCall's 6044 from it. It was a challenge because of the short length, directional print (stylized clouds) and the border print on both ends of the piece. A double double border, actually, because each border has two prints in it, a stripe and a geometric design!



I couldn't fit the bodice pieces and the sleeves on the main print, so I decided to turn the sleeves on the side to cut them out of the borders. This means the clouds are sideways for that one small bit of the main print at the sleeve cap, but I don't think anyone's looking that closely, except maybe you guys. And it kinda almost looks like dropped shoulders a bit:


I used the border on the other side for the two button bands, cutting one from each of the prints. I was able to eke out one of the collar stands from the border, too, in between the button bands. I put that collar stand on the inside. The other collar stand and two collar pieces came from the main print. Pattern Tetris!!


This is a lot of pattern mixing for Tim; he kinda freaked out when he saw the sleeves. I ended up cutting a little bit over an inch off off the bottom before hemming them. Somehow the print was more palatable for him when the sleeve was shorter. 


 I love it, though, and loved making it. It's lots of fun to play with these prints and I adore the little peeks of stripe at the top and bottom of the button band.

 In the end, I think he likes it, too! He has little imagination when it comes to picturing how a partially made garment will look once finished, which I always forget (sorry, Tim, but your strengths lie elsewhere). When I show him the work in process, he tends to question it and worry that it looks weird. Note to self: keep your WIPs to yourself.


It's definitely a wild-er shirt than the 6044s I've made him in the past, more Margaritaville than his typical style. But he gets a ton of wear (and compliments!) out of his other batik version (which is now getting faded from wear), so I thought he was ready for another one. 


He also travels to Indonesia a lot and this type of shirt can be worn to meetings and in casual settings there (and here in Bangkok, to a certain extent), so despite its crazy look, it's actually a wardrobe workhorse!


I also love that I used pretty much the entire piece of batik- really nothing but scraps left over here! I am also delighted to be able to take advantage of the beautiful border print. Indonesian style is a bit bolder with print mixing than I typically am, but they do it really well. It would have been a waste to not use this amazing border! Incredibly satisfying!


32 comments:

  1. You're a clever lady! And what a shirt - business and party all in one!

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    1. Ha ha- I like that, business and party in one!

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  2. This looks fabulous! Lucky Tim.I should get a hold of this pattern

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    1. Thanks, Emma! It's a good pattern- I've certainly gotten my money's worth!

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  3. This looks fabulous! Lucky Tim.I should get a hold of this pattern

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  4. Great job! The sideways clouds on the sleeve cap definitely look like a dropped shoulder; that is what I thought it was until you pointed it out. The fit on him is so good!

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    1. Thanks, Masha! Yeah the fit is spot on, which is why I haven't strayed to other patterns yet!

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  5. So good! I love this style, it's even better in this gorgeous print. If Tim ends up drinking a few margaritas in it, all the better. :)

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    1. Thanks, Kristi! Ha ha, I'm all for margarita-drinking shirts!

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  6. You did an absolutely outstanding job mixing those prints :) The shirt looks great on Tim. The fit is spot on.

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    1. Thanks, Jenya! I feel like I can't take credit for the print combo, but had fun figuring out where to place each of the prints!

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  7. This is really cool and excellent use of the border print fabric.

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    1. Thanks!! I was so happy to use up so much of the piece of fabric and make use of the cool borders!

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  8. It's an awesome shirt... I want one for me!

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    1. Ha ha, thanks! I want one for me, too!

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  9. Wow! Wow! WOW! I adore the print and the tetrising! It really turned out great. My husband has a hard time picturing things, too. Once it's done, he is usually: oooh! I get it now. But he doesn't really get it when I explain it. I usually just do something rather than talk about it. ;)

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    1. Thanks, Andie! I'm really happy with it. Yeah, I need to not tell him what I am doing and just do it- he's a doubter!!

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  10. I'm in the process of writing a post about this very pattern! I just sewed it for the 9th time. Isn't that nuts? And I've totally freaked my husband out using scrap fabrics to test out sleeve fit. I love how you laid out the print.

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    1. Thanks so much, Morgan!

      9 times- wow! You've got your money's worth out of it!

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  11. That is some serious pattern tetris! I am impressed! The shirt turned out perfectly. It's a bit wild but it's very pleasing to the eye. I bet wearing it will get him brownie points with his Indonesian colleagues.

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    1. Thanks, Inder! I really like how it turned out- like you said, it's teetering on the edge of too much, but I think it's still on the doable side.

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  12. Very handsome shirt Meg!

    My mom once brought me a lovely piece of fabric from Thailand. It's a panel with a woven border, meant to be made into a long traditional wrap skirt. I've looked around the web for a pattern/directions to no avail. (I'd hate to just use a regular wrap skirt pattern - I think that would ruin the authenticity.) Do you have any ideas? Thanks, Lodi

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    1. Thanks, Lodi!

      Hmmm... I have a couple Thai sarong-style skirts. The ones I have are sewn into tubes and have a tie sewn to the back. You make a vertical fold in the front to fit your waist, tie the tie around, then fold the excess fabric at the top down over the tie. Does that make sense? Like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVhSz5RTXpM

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  13. Really excellent shirt. I admire your generosity--I would have made something for myself!

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    1. Thanks, Wendy! Ha ha, I would have kept the fabric for myself, but it's not my colors, so a shirt for Tim it was!

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  14. Cool fabric! Thailand must be where it's at for border prints! I feel the same way about a button down pattern for my boys. It's an Ottobre pattern, and I think I've traced it off and sewn it half a dozen times in every size now. Sometimes it's just good to sit and sew and make something clean and crisp with NO fitting headaches!

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    1. Lots of border prints in this part of the world- many of the fabrics are made for wearing as a sarong, so they have borders on either side.

      I agree, TNT patterns are great palate cleanser sews!

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  15. This is a great use of fabric. I went shopping today with my hubby and the wild print shirt is very chic right now! I think I am going to have to to check out this pattern.

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    1. Thanks, Annie! Ha, good to know this shirt would fit in ok in the States.

      It's a good pattern!

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  16. My husband would adore this!! He loved all the beautiful batik shies in Jakarta and I had him scheduled to go shopping for batiks when his company up and stopped the project he was travelling to and form Australia for, I was devastated!

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    1. Isn't Indonesian batik the best? I picked up a ton of it when I lived there for a few years, but even now that I don't, I still ask my husband to get some when he goes for work.

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  17. I love it! You did a fantastic job with the fabric and mixing in the borders. And why try a new pattern when this one fits so well!
    John is the same way about WIPs, he has to see the finished project before he can fairly judge it. 😉

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