Friday, March 11, 2011

Ottobre 06/2010-28 - the "Abbey Lane" shirt

The first (of seven!!) piece of my Easter sewing is ready!
This is Logan's man shirt.  The pattern is Ottobre 06/2010-28, which Ottobre calls the Abbey Lane shirt.  It is a basic menswear styled shirt, but without the full collar, giving it a mandarin style neckline. It was designed for a checked fabric, so all of the accent pieces, pockets, band, cuffs and yoke, are cut on the bias.  I love that this style included real sleeve plackets as opposed to a continuous lap style cuff.  The fabric is a yarn dyed gingham from fabric.com.
I LOVE a real menswear placket on a wee man shirt!  It just makes me happy.  Ottobre's instructions for putting in the placket are excellent.  I'm looking forward to seeing how the Kwik Sew instructions compare when I sew Mitch's shirt.  You may also notice that I used pearl snaps as the closure rather than buttons.  I had several motives for this.  The first was that this is our last few months in Texas, and I wanted my boys to have cowboy shirts!  Don't be too surprised if a more western style shirt with a front yoke appears soon...  I also recently got a new snap press from Sew Baby, and wanted to try it out.  It was great!  I usually end up taking out half of the snaps I put in.  They get misaligned or bent.  The only snap I had to pull out this time was  the one I installed backwards.  I love snaps on kids clothes, so I'm really excited to have a snap installing tool that really works!
The only other change I made from the pattern was to line the yoke.  I much prefer this finish, and I think it gives the shoulders of the shirt a firmer, more tailored look.  Next up will be Duncan's shirt.  I'm starting to feel pretty comfortable in the realm of man style shirts.  All the details that I used to think were fussy and difficult are starting to be fun.  I particularly love flipping the yoke and having all the seams just disappear inside.  It's like magic!

13 comments:

  1. That's a terrific man-shirt for your little boy! He will be very handsome in his Easter duds.

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  2. It's darling! I really like all the details on the shirt. I'm hoping to get started on Easter sewing next week.

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  3. I think I have snap envy. That is a great shirt!

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  4. You are amazing. I wish I could sew half as well as you. Thanks for the snap link. I love using snaps but they always turn out wonky with my crappy snap press. I'll have to try it out. I have it in my mind to make a western shirt for Vinny for the Rodeo this year. We'll see if it happens since I planned to make him one last year and never did.

    Where are you moving?

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  5. Yay for real plackets! They're a mental puzzle, but I'm not sure they're harder to sew than the "cheater" plackets.

    This shirt looks fantastic in gingham and those snaps.

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  6. Excellent job on this. It turned out so adorable and I love the snaps too.

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  7. What a lot of work you put into that shirt. Beautiful job.

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  8. I love this shirt. The mandarin collar is great!!!! I also like to line the yoke. I really can't imagine not lining it! The real plackets are great. I'll have to do that next time. I've used the continuous lap myself. You are inspiring. I also love the snaps. I need a new snap putting-in tool. Mine is ancient and I never use it.

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  9. I love it!!!! Great details . . ! The fabric, the bias cut pieces, the snaps.

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  10. This is darling! And incredibly well made. I've been wanting a snap press for a while, though I won't put in enough snaps to justify it. But still. I want one.

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  11. Perfect!!! This looks fantastic! I love the lined yoke too.

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  12. What a great shirt! I particularly like the mandarin collar.

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