With Father’s Day coming up, it’s time to start thinking gifts! And how could you go wrong with a brand new button up, tailored and made especially for them?
For this shirt, I went with a Pinpoint Twill Mercerized Cotton Shirting, which was exquisite. The hand was incredibly smooth and easy to work with, and the unique weave gave the fabric a beautiful and subtle sheen. I also went with some brand new gold skull buttons, which I absolutely fell in love with the moment I saw them. How cool!
Rather than make my own pattern for this project, I went with Simplicity 1544. It was really easy to follow, plus it lent itself well to alterations. My biggest change was that sleeves. Rather than make them long and cuffed, I cut them off at the elbow and rolled them up for a laid back summery look.
Now for the French seams. I do not know why I have never used them before, because they are the simplest things to do and they make your garment look 100% more polished.
You begin by adding an extra 1/4″ of seam allowance (in addition to your usual allowance). With your wrong sides together, sew a 1/4″ seam.
Before the next step, you’ll definitely want to trim your seam allowance. After that, fold your fabric over so the right sides are together, and stitch another 1/4″ seam. You’ll end up with something like this:
Your original seam allowance is now encased within your new seam, making it look normal on the right side and super clean on the wrong side!
Needless to say, it’s a fantastic trick for garments like button ups, which don’t need a lining.
So what do you think? Will you be making a shirt this Father’s Day? Be sure to tag Mood in your photos!