Category Archives: Shirts

Up Your Shirt-Making Game

You can make a nice, tailored shirt for your man (or yourself!)……

Tailored mens shirt by Sew Maris

or you can make a damn great SHIRT!

Tailored mens shirt by Sew Maris

It’s all in the details, isn’t it? Love that contrast fabric on the inside of the cuffs and collar stand.

Tailored mens shirt by Sew Maris

Ohhh, check out that perfectly matched pocket. With contrast piping. And the upper pocket edge set on the bias. And lower pocket edge shaped to mimic the cuff edge diagonal shape.

Tailored mens shirt by Sew Maris

Love how a bias yoke looks on plaid shirts!

This navy/burgundy/royal plaid is by far my favorite made-by-me shirt. I had such fun designing all the little touches that make this shirt one-of-a-kind, and I really hoped my son would like it, too. I sent both the navy plaid and the black/grey stripe to him for his birthday in February, and he loved them both! The stripe is perfect for appearing in court (he’s the attorney, not the defendant! 🙂 ), and the plaid for grabbing a beer and pizza after work with his girlfriend. Win/win!

(BTW – don’t men’s shirts look funny on women’s dress forms? What’s a gal to do tho? None of my guys are very willing models,  and neither of my sons live close by either. So, ignore the, ummm,  shaping. 😉 )

Happy sewing!
Maris

 

Shirt Marathon January 2015

It’s no secret around here—I LOVE making shirts. I had been promising my youngest son new shirts for months, and I finally had the time to make this project happen. Lots of blue-ness here, and one white-on-white basic.

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It is possible I cut these shirts out a looooong time ago. Like sometime last summer ago. And in my mind I had fused all the interfacing to the appropriate garment pieces, but evidently that was only a figment of my imagination. Damn it. To be faced with 4 shirts, ALL of which needed interfacing fused (especially when you thought that heinous task was already done), was not the optimal start to this project. Thank God for NPR! Gets me through a lot of unpleasant sewing jobs.

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I sewed these babies production style, meaning I completed each step on each shirt before proceeding to next step. I sewed FAAAAAAST! For a while I tracked the amount of time I invested in this project, but as usual, I forgot to keep it up. Oh well. Pretty sure I started sewing, damn it, I meanfusing December 26th. I shipped them to DS in Spokane yesterday, January 2, so I guess they qualify as my first completed sewing project for 2015. W00t!

Mens Dress Shirts by Sew Maris

Ohhh, nice topstitching and buttonholes (despite this pix, there is no gap in the zig-zagging!). And yes I did sew on all 36 buttons by hand, because for the life of me I am totally incapable of sewing a button on by machine that doesn’t look like a total piece of crap. Movie marathon for that task!

I wish I had a great pix of at least one of them on the lawyer-boy’s personal self. You know, dressed up and heading to court and all. But that might have to wait until he comes over to the west-side for a hearing or some such thing, or I pay him a visit in the ‘kane. At any rate,  I am super happy with how they turned out, and I hope he is as well.

Happy sewing!

Maris