This weekend I decided to use some patchwork fabric I've had in my stash for a few years now, which I purchased at Metro Textiles (the end of a bolt) for a song.
I knew I wanted to make something relatively loose and flowy, so I chose McCalls 5944, a vintage Seventies men's pullover shirt pattern. It's a caftan-style shirt, just rectangles and a collar. It went together quickly.
I used white cotton percale for the front center facing and made button loops out of pieces of patchwork. (I make my button loops with a metal loop turner.)
My buttons are vintage pearly plastic shank buttons. Nothing fancy.
As you can see, the armholes are at right angles, no curves.
Here's the finished shirt on my dressform....
And here it is on me!
This will be a great top for an upcoming beach vacation or, with a neckerchief and glasses, a Charles Nelson Reilly look-alike contest.
Seriously, though, I love this top: it's loose and breezy and I think it really works well with the patchwork cotton fabric. (I made this on my Janome Hello Kitty, for those of you who are interested in such things.)
That's all the me-sewing I get to do this week; now on to my next flat patternmaking class assignment, a princess-seamed, raglan-sleeved, shawl-collared, double-breasted jacket. (Wish me luck.)
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!