I saw this shirt, from Levi's vintage line, on Pinterest recently and I really liked it.
Doing a little online research, I discovered it could be purchased here for about $170. Since I have a lot of chambray and denim in my stash, I decided to see if I can come up with something similar.
I'm using this light blue chambray for the torso:
And this darker chambray for the contrast:
What's the difference between chambray and denim? You can find out here. I just learned myself!
The pattern I'm using is a recent eBay purchase, Simplicity 6955, from 1966 (View 2). I made a few adjustments, mainly to the back, including a sloping shoulder adjustment and the addition of a Western-style, shaped yoke.
Here are some of the pieces cut and pinned to my body form (I only leave them pinned like that for a few hours tops, not overnight, to avoid stretching.). Originally I was going to use a heavier denim for the contrast (visible in the pic below), but I realized it was too stiff and thick for a shirt.
I'm using this floral Liberty-type floral remnant for the inside collar, the inside cuffs, and the underside of the pocket flaps.
I did a stitching sample of topstitching and am opting for regular thread rather than thicker topstitching thread. I'm mainly using my Singer 201 for this project.
I didn't get very far today, but I'm hoping to have a finished shirt by the end of the weekend. Here's the front so far:
I realize I always feel more centered when I'm working on a sewing project; the cares of the world just fade away. Can anyone relate?
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!