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Jul 2, 2016

A SECOND tractor shirt? YES!



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?

Have a great day, everybody!

23 comments:

  1. I love the shirts but not together sorry?

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  2. doublemint twins

    seconding 2tango's comment

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  3. Whatever, I say wear the shirts at the same time. I would if I was in the same situation! :D and any random passerby who sees you is gonna smile too! (Or have a REALLY hard time suppressing their joy - seriously!)

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  4. I'm totally for wearing it together!) Looking great and super positive)! There is always something in the couples who dresses alike (not the whole outfit), but some part of, I think it unites more ;)

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  5. It's the Bobsey Twins! (Actually I have no idea who they were... it's something I can hear my mother saying though, so it must've been from her era.)

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  6. Anyone remember Howard and Hilda from Ever Decreasing Circles?

    Seriously I love the shirts. I am about to make two from the same fabric for my partner and my son so they too will have to decide between them who is wearing 'the shirt' today. The rule is whoever declares first wins...

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  7. Beautiful work as always plus you look great together :)

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  8. How about couples with the same first name!

    There ought to be a law.

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  9. YES.

    this reminds me; i've made a matching set for me 'n my man. now, how do i rope him into a couples shoot?

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  10. Wear them together and if the fashion police cite you, point out the subtle differences. I think you both look great, together and singly.

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  11. That last photo makes me smile- I LOVE it!!!

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  12. I love that you showed two versions -- it shows how subtle modifications to suit the wearer can make a difference in look. Reyns shirts usually have a placket front also, at least the poly cotton reverse prints. They are easy care and just need touch up with an iron, plus the fading doesn't show much, which I think adds to their popularity. I am inspired to take a second look at some linen fabrics ordered online with unappealing prints -- maybe the other side can be used!

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  14. You both look great in your tractor print shirts!

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  15. You guys have such nice smiles!!

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  16. If you DO wear them together, it will look like part of a uniform. If the tractors were green, you could impersonate John Deere employees.

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  17. Are you kidding? Of course you can wear them together!!

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  18. I really like how much softer the print looks made into a shirt. The contrast keeps it from looking like you did this accidentally. I have some really nice cottons that are over the top and would benefit from this, will revisit this idea so thanks.

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  19. We need more happiness in the world. I'm grinning from ear to ear. I love the whole agrarian kitsch project!

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