Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Dude Sewing: Herringbone McCall's 6044

Squeezing in one last project for the Sewcialists' Menswear for Everyone month!

This is not a particularly exciting project (TNT pattern I've made like 15 times, basic fabric...) but a super wearable one, anyway!

As usual, for Tim I use the McCall's 6044 shirt pattern, fit perfected over time (size larger shoulders and neck, medium through the body and sleeves). I've made this shirt so many times I think I could make it in my sleep!

This time: no yoke (I had "drafted" my own plain yoke for this pattern), my one-piece sleeve and tower placket modification in effect.

The fabric is a Robert Kaufman herringbone chambray. I've had it in my stash for approximately 200 years, but I think it originally came from Imagine Gnats.

I turned the button bands, cuffs and other details with the herringbone going horizontal instead of vertical, but of course you can't see that in these photos. It's a subtle detail, even in real life.

I used navy thread for some contrast. Kinda wishing I used navy buttons, but that's ok! I should probably also start putting buttons on the tower plackets so they don't gape, eh?

Tim likes it! He wore it right away, which is always a good sign. It's such a classic shirt in this fabric. Perfect for work or play. Or just drinking a beer on the porch during the golden hour.

Next up: Naomi of Handmade PhD strips Meg of her "Most McCall's 6044s Made Ever" title in an exciting McCall's 6044 throwdown!


  1. It would only be maybe weird if you didn't have Tim for whom to make all those M6044s. :-) As usual, looks great. The shirt too. Heh.

  2. Love the fact that you’ve made Tim about 15 of these shirts! This one is fantastic too!

  3. Great shirt! I've been meaning to try this pattern, though now that I've got the fit of the Fairfield down for J I may just keep using that one ...

  4. it looks great and very crisp - which is a good feature in a shirt like that. And not weird - why not, after all shirt patterns are basically the same so why use a new one. I have a Simplicity shirt pattern I've used maybe 20 times?? and will continue until it disintegrates :)

  5. What's weird is how long I've had McCalls 6044 in my pattern stash without making it. Lol. Sad emoji...

  6. As always your work is beautiful, so well made. As always your model looks fabulous.