Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wadderville, Population: Me.

I had really hoped that this would be a wearable muslin, but it is so not wearable!
Too bad, it's a really nice color. I thought things were moving along nicely until it came time to attach the collar and the neckline was not only a bit too large, but also uneven. I think the front band is the problem.
See how weirdly narrow and bizarrely offset it is? I seriously have no idea how it happened, so I think I'm going to have to go back to square one with this shirt.
It isn't a total loss though. We were able to tease the fit a bit better. There is still a little more room at the side seams than Mitch likes, but I think he may need some of that for wearing ease.
It pulls pretty significantly at the shoulder, despite the fact that the yoke is actually just a bit too wide and falls off his shoulder point. I think a more shallow yoke with pleats at the shoulder instead of center back might give him the room he needs.
One thing I really like about this pattern is that you can choose a separate neck size and body size. As you can see from this picture, I should have gone with a smaller neck.
So, in general I like this pattern. It is a nice basic men's shirt, and I think it is a great starting point, but I'm not sure I want to go forward with it. I just got this great Burda pattern with man style princess seams and I think I could get a really great fit with that. Still, I have made really good progress with this Kwik Sew and I think I could get something wearable next run through. What do you think? Wrestle on with the Kwik Sew or try out the new hotness? (Bonus points if you recognize that movie reference.)


  1. I think it looks fantastic. It is a shame about the muslin. I agree it is a great color. That Burda pattern is the same one I am wanting for my husband, Eric.

  2. You're inspiring me to make something for my husband.

  3. I am not going to get the bonus points . . . oh well.

    Two questions: Do you want to find a TNT shirt pattern for him? Is there a way to try the neckband again so you don't have to scrap everything?

  4. The shirt looks pretty good to me. I do love that color.
    I asked my husband the other night if he wanted me to make him a hat. He wasn't so sure about that idea. He sunburns easily, though, and needs a new hat. I may just make him one anyway. I'm impressed with all the things you make for your whole family!!!

  5. Should you try the pattern again? It's not as if you don't know how to make a shirt, so maybe the pattern's to blame. I've never sewn a Kwik Sew, so don't know how reliable they are.

    But...I really like that Burda pattern with the...clever style lines. I wonder if my guy would wear something like that.

  6. I tend to agree with your leanings - I think I would try the Burda pattern (since you are very good at them) - just to see if that sloper fits him better! And, then, maybe, just maybe go back to the KS!

  7. Ha, my husband and I use "new hotness" and "old and busted" all the time in reference to practically everything. I agree, the color is great and the fit in general looks quite good. I wouldn't have noticed the neckband thing unless you'd pointed it out.