Readers, I am actually making a shirt for neither me nor Michael but rather for a mystery client!
I am using the fabulous Hawaii Print cotton fabric sent to me last summer by MPB reader Michael C. My client is an avid fisherman and lover of the outdoors (as well as a "summer") and I thought this fabric would suit him to a T. I hope so, anyway!
He wears a size Medium shirt (15 1/2" neck, 40" chest) and the pattern I am using is vintage Butterick 6751 from my stash. Very nicely drafted.
To pick up the purple and add some additional pizazz, I have chosen to make the inside cuffs, collar stand, and yoke out of purple gingham.
I'm nearly finished and, frankly, I love this shirt. If it doesn't fit, well, my Michael would be delighted to have it. But I am crossing my fingers that it does fit. Some detail shots below.
Matching thread (purchased last week at Sil Thread).
Michael modeling the shirt, in progress, without collar or cuffs.
Back of shirt (yoke cut on cross grain; back has center pleat).
Front of shirt (without buttons), still to be hemmed.
I have thoroughly enjoyed making this shirt and I hope to get some photos to show you of my client wearing it -- if it fits, of course.
I've started thinking seriously about making shirts for paying clients and how I might price a garment that takes me, conservatively, 10 hours to make. Any ideas/formulas?
If you sew for money, how do you charge for your work?
Hope your sewing projects are coming along swimmingly (no pun intended).
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!