Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Batik McCall's 6044 Shirts

Tim was in need of some new short sleeve button-up shirts, so shirts he got!


I made him two short sleeved versions of his TNT pattern, McCall's 6044. For fabric, I raided my stash for a couple of Indonesian batiks (procured when we lived there, oh now going on 5 years ago... where does the time go?!). 


I chose two pieces that could share the same color topstitching thread (white, in this case), so I could just power through and batch sew them.


I wanted to emulate this batik shirt I made for him a few years back, which he loves and gets tons of compliments on, despite his initial concerns about it being "too much." It's a bit faded now from wear, but I am still proud of how I took advantage of the border print to make a really stunning shirt.


For both of these shirts, I took a similar pattern-Tetris approach as I did for that previous version, squeezing these shirts out of the short lengths of batiks (intended to be worn as sarongs). 


I cut the two sleeves from one border, on the cross grain, the button bands and pocket from the other. Then the main bodice pieces, collar and collar stands all from the main part of the fabric. The bodice pieces are cut on the cross-grain, too.


This blue/grey and white batik has a relatively narrow border on each end. The fabric is super soft; not crisp at all. The narrow border meant that I could only get one button band from the border, so I cut the other from the main fabric. I put the border on the outside and used the lines as my folding lines. Pretty pumped about how that turned out!


The multi-colored batik is funny because it is a stamped batik (batik cap) made to look like ikat, which is a weaving technique rather than a printing technique. The fabric substrate is a much tighter weave, so it has a crisper hand than the grey. 


I love how this one turned out. Two wide strips of border allowed me to cut both button bands from contrasting fabric, which looks quite cool.


I'm pretty chuffed with how both shirts turned out! I think Tim likes them, too. He's definitely not fading into the crowd in these shirts...


18 comments:

  1. The shirts are great! I love that they are completely unique, and still appropriate for work because of your beautiful, careful sewing and that great pattern. Nice job!

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    1. A very belated thank you! I love them, too. Definitely unique!

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  2. I love these! Great fabric and even better USE of said fabric. He won't get lost in the crowd, but he won't stand out in a bad way either. It's a perfect match of fabric/pattern/man. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Debbie!! I love these shirts, too. And I appreciate that he will rock a print not only willingly, but he requests them!

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  3. These are fabulous! I think my favorite part is the button bands.

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    1. Thanks, Kathy! That's my favorite part, too!

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  4. Nice! One would think you love him or something.

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  5. Oh my goodness, you did such an amazing job on both shirts! Your Tim looks so good in both of them.

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa! :-) I am so happy with them, and I think he is, too!

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  6. They look awesome Meg! I love the way you used the boarder print in different ways.I can't wait to make Paul a couple of short sleeve shirts for summer.

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    1. Thanks, Emma! These are such a joy to make, playing with the prints. Can't wait to see what you make for Paul- it's always awesome and never boring!!

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  7. Fantastic shirts and love the way you have used the sarongs.

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    1. Thanks, Sharon! These sarongs are so much fun to play with.

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  8. I love these - you've done so well with pattern placement ;o)

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    1. Thanks so much! it's so much fun to play with all the different prints.

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