Is this shirt wearable? Yes!
Is this shirt what I wanted it to be? No!
So, if you’ve been following my husband-shirt-follies, you know that I made him a sloper in January, and I used some very soft voile to make up my first version. He was about 20lb heavier then, and voile is naturally drapey. I thought I’d hard-nailed the fit, so I cut him three shirts about a month ago.
Shirt #1, when he wore it, was HUGE. Like, “did you shop in the elephant department?” huge. -sigh- I tried taking dart-tucks in the back, which he ripped out as soon as he bent over to put on his boots. I ended up straightening the side seams, which wasn’t really enough, and slimming out the sleeves/shortening them/raising the pocket so that the shirt would be slimmer in appearance. Just glad that it’s over – and that that was a remnant.
So, for shirt #2, I first straightened those side seams, then I took out an additional 1″ on each back side and 1/2″ on the front side. This helped. Not quite enough, but it helped. Pocket was raised, sleeves were shortened (but not as much as the first shirt). Result – a good shirt. It’s fairly casual because of the details I used and the fact that this linen is a tad on the coarse side. That’s okay, he wears jeans to work. Doesn’t have to be dressy.
I have another shirt, and I’m going to use the same changes on it. Not a big deal, it’s a flannel shirt. Long sleeved, I get tired of seeing him in his one long-sleeved flannel shirt, tugging to try to keep his wrist-bones covered. (Tall man with proportionally long arms – even the tall sizes leave him gaping). And then I’ll go over the first shirt, and redo the sloper … but I have a lot of sewing between here and there. Thus, notetaking.
To be honest, I’m disappointed. I was hoping to have hit the mark. I have two *beautiful* shirtings to sew up for him – but I won’t cut those until I fix the problems I found this time ’round. So frustrating!
In the meantime, I didn’t give this a final pressing because I wanted to send it through the washer and dryer – that linen really IS coarse, and it could use some softening up before he wears it.
C’est la vie. Sometimes I feel like I should know things before I spend enough time working them out, you know? And this *is* a custom-made shirt sloper, by me, who has never made a man’s shirt sloper before in her life.
Onward! I have two more shirts cut and ready to sew…… the last of his shirts for a while, then one for me. And then … 11yo, whose wardrobe is distressing at best.
Time. I need more TIME.