Friends, I know it was odd enough that I would sew even one tractor print shirt, why would I make a second one?
A few reasons:
1) After finishing my first shirt, I still had roughly two yards of my tractor print fabric.
2) The first shirt, while lovely, looked a little boxy on me -- my own fault for using a vintage Fifties pattern -- while it fit Michael splendidly (and he loved it).
3) I enjoyed making the first shirt so much, I wanted to relive the experience.
This time I used a favorite vintage 70's shirt pattern, Butterick 4575, which is much more fitted than the McCall's pattern I'd used for the first version. Notice too, that this one has a front button placket; the other did not.
This version has no center back pleat, meaning the back is also slimmer. Rather than a straight hem, this shirt has a standard shaped dress shirt hem, which works better if you're going to tuck your shirt in.
Everything else is pretty much the same: the short sleeve cuffs, the preppy button-down collar with contrast gingham inside collar, and the vintage sea-green plastic buttons.
Now that Michael and I have virtually identical shirts, we'll have to agree not to wear them at the same time to the same place.
Any opinion about couples who dress alike? Generally not my bag.
And thus concludes the tractor print shirt saga. Who knows what will happen next?
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!