Thursday, April 19, 2018

Dude Sewing: Blue Times Two, McCall's 6044

I'm beginning to sound like a broken record with this pattern...

It's so good, though! If it ain't broke...

Here are two blue versions of my TNT shirt pattern for Tim, McCall's 6044 (see past versions here). Since I used the same thread color for both, I was able to steamroll through making these, chain piecing where I could!

The plaid is a fabulous cotton seersucker shirting from Imagine Gnats, in beautiful shades of blue. I love that the crinkly texture of the fabric means it's low maintenance in the ironing department.

That texture did mean that some of my topstitching isn't as straight as it normally is. Not too bad, though!

I cut as much as I could on the bias to eliminate plaid matching and provide some visual interest.

The more solid shirt is made from some high-end cotton shirting that Tim actually bought for himself when he was in India a few months back. It's super silky and lovely to sew.

The fabric made for a nice, dressier shirt, perfect for the office.

I added one detail I hadn't before, which is a tiny button on the tower placket. Why not? The packet of buttons I bought at Joann came with two tiny ones, which I could only assume were for buttondown collars, pockets, or the tower plackets?

Thank you. That's all for this week's episode of "How Many Versions of McCall's 6044 Can Meg Make Before It Gets Weird?!"

In the meantime, Tim will continue his efforts to secure a modeling gig with a local craft brew place. 


  1. Great shirts! I am currently making my my first ever long-sleeved dude button-down, for J's birthday, and it is taking awhile! I'm using the Fairfield pattern; this one is on my list but it always seems to be out of stock when I'm at Joann's!

  2. Those are really nice. I like the fabric from India. The color is amazing. Happy Sewing!

  3. Your husband looks good in blue! And you should make him as many shirts as you want to! Cause personally I think it's cool that you're sewing for him!!!

  4. Well, you said it, "if it ain't broke....." And it certainly does not look broke. LOVE the blue from India. He did good! I know you did the hard part with sewing, but it always surprises me when my guy 1) picks out fabric and 2) it's nice fabric. I have used the same 2 patterns for him for years. 1 for his nice button down collar long or short sleeve business shirts and one for what he calls his 'fun shirts' which is a casual, short sleeve convertible collar. I altered and perfected the fit years ago and never looked back. It ain't broke!

  5. Hey, keep it up!! Tim seems happy with it, and I could look at basic shirts all day (this must be weird sewing geekery on my part) so I say, never stop!

  6. Just started this shirt pattern for my son in law. Wish it came in teen boys sizes. :o)
    I'm doing short sleeve and African print for SIL. ;o)

  7. I’ve only used the short sleeves version of this pattern but it’s great. It will never get old. Or weird! Your husband looks great in his!