Thursday, March 16, 2017

Fish Shirt: McCall's 6044

I know I am not supposed to buy quilting cotton for garment making, but every once in a while I can't resist a quilting cotton print. 


In this case, the quilting cotton print I couldn't resist was this stylized, scribbled fish print for my husband, who works on sustainable fisheries issues. 


As an aside, speaking of scribbled fish, any fellow scuba divers out there seen the scribbled filefish? I love seeing these strangely-shaped guys when I am diving- the blue markings on their sides seem to pulsate and glow underwater. So cool!

As an aside to my aside, another awesome thing about filefish: while diving, the hand gesture to indicate you've seen one is to pantomime filing your fingernails. Ha!


OK, back to sewing: this quilting cotton from Belleboo is great quality. It's not too stiff and works pretty well for a buttondown shirt. It will soften up more with washing and time, too. 


We agonized over whether the print should go vertically or horizontally. Ultimately we decided that if the fish were vertical, it looked like they were hanging dead. We'd rather them alive, so we let them swim horizontally on the shirt. 

I used cream colored topstitching because I didn't have the right shade of blue to match the fabric. 


For this shirt, I went for Tim's normal size in this pattern, McCalls's 6044: large at the shoulders, between a medium and large for the sleeves and body. I've made this pattern for him so many times (this is my 7th or 8th time!), but if it ain't broke...


These last two photos are for Colleen, who likes my old "Makes in the Wild" posts. So here is Tim in his natural habitat: wearing a fish shirt, drinking from a fish mug, writing emails about fish. 

33 comments:

  1. What an awesome shirt. The fabric is so relevant and it looks great too. You have achieved a fabulous fit. I bet your husband loves it.

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    1. Thanks, Jean! He seems to like it- he wore it the day after I finished it (and twice since)!

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  2. Fabulous shirt. The fit looks perfect.

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  3. What is wrong with quilting cotton for clothing. I use it all the time. Especially if there is a print I really like.

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    1. Ah, sorry, I should have put "supposed to" in quotes. There are some people who frown on using quilting cotton for clothing. It can be a bit stiff. But I think it's fine in many cases, like this one!

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  4. I love it! The print is fabulous and the shirt fit is great. I liked your asides too.

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    1. Thanks, Anne! Ha, glad you like my fish facts ;-)

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  5. Love it! I just bought blue whale fabric for the same pattern :-). Awesome fish facts too btw

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    1. Ooooh, a whale version of this shirt would be fabulous! Glad you like my fish facts! ;-)

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  6. Before there was such a thing as "quilting cotton", quilters used what they had so I feel we can too. Now I agree, some fabric does not make up into nice garments, but I wouldn't want that in a quilt either. Just my two cents worth. Like the fish shirt.
    Theresa in Tucson

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    1. Ha ha, people feel so strongly about this issue. I wasn't saying that I believe quilting cotton can never be used in garments, just that in some cases it's not ideal; obviously I use it sometimes!

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  7. love that fabric, great shirt ;o)

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  8. I'm afraid I wouldn't be one bit bothered by the Quilting Fabric Police after you saw and used this fabric! I think the shirt is a stunner and it certainly looks like that handsome man isn't too worried either! You've made a beautiful shirt that will be the envy of many men wondering where he got such a well made shirt with a smashing fabric! I use quilting fabric for little dresses and its slightly firmer hand helps them sit beautifully! My 7yr old granddaughter just adores the gorgeous array of prints! My problem is I can't stop buying them! I bet you've an order in for more shirts from the handsome wearer!

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    1. Aw, thanks, Janet! My husband is blushing at your comments, and I am, too!

      I agree that quilting cotton has its place and can be used for garments; just not all garments.

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  10. Oh dear, your husband is like mine : love in fishes ;-)
    I do love this shirt and this fabulous fabric!

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  11. It looks beautiful and what a great tip to buy quilting cotton for it. Thankx

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    1. Thanks! Just make sure your quilting cotton is on the drapey side of the spectrum- not too stiff!

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  12. LOL at Tim's natural habitat. Good call on the live horizontal fish; the shirt looks great and doesn't scream "quilting cotton."

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    1. ;-) Horizontal was the way to go! The QC is pretty nice and worked well for this shirt!

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  13. Agreed it was best to not have the fish hanging like they're dead. Lol. It's really nice fabric, Meg.

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    1. Ha! Horizontal was the way to go! Thanks, Abbey!

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  14. I've made a number of shirts using quilting cotton and not had any problem at all. There's a huge range of colours and designs available, certainly far more than for garment sewing (in my neck of the woods), so why not?! Love the fish shirt!

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    1. Thanks! I agree, QC can definitely be used for garments in some cases and look great! On the other hand, sometimes it's just too stiff! I lucked out on this shirt, though.

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  15. Nice shirt, I can see why you couldn't resist the print.
    Is that mug one of those starbucks south-east Asia regional cups?
    Just curious.
    Mary in Thailand

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    1. Thanks, Mary! Ha, good eye! It is indeed a Starbucks mug- from the tuna capital of the Philippines, General Santos City. I think a colleague may have given it to him!

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  16. What a great shirt - fit is fantastic and there's nothing fishy about it...oh wait... ;) The print is great and seems made for this shirt! What a nice thematic choice for your husband's work, and I also agree that a nice quilting cotton is often perfect for a pattern. I use them a lot, actually, and find that if the pattern doesn't need much drape or gathering they work quite well (I am also unable to resist a fun print).

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    1. Thanks!! Those prints can be so hard to resist...

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  17. This is great! It looks like it should be from Patagonia.

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  18. Tim in the Wild is my Second Favorite Tim. Of course, my favorite Tim is Dancing Tim. Great shirt - glad the fabric worked out!!

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