Finally, and with immense relief, I can report that we’re in the new house. Moving is hard, you guys! The last couple of weeks of packing up were intense, as was the move itself and the seemingly endless days of unpacking.
Slowly, though, life is returning to normal. Even better, life is returning to summertime normal. For Ralph, this means a dad whose around all the time and parents who take you to one cafe or another pretty much every day.
For this sort of activity, it’s important to have an excellent shirt. Al is a skilled thrifter and, over the years, he’s amassed a collection of good ones. Shirts, sadly, don’t last forever and some of them — particularly those he’s been wearing for a solid decade — are getting a bit worn. For Father’s Day, I decided to make him a new shirt.
The fabric selection process was a bit fraught. Hip, patterned fabrics, appropriate for men, in cotton-poly blends (I know, but that’s what most of the vintage shirts Al owns are made of and I assume he finds them comfortable enough and there’s no ironing) were impossible to find. I was attracted to this bright blue and black botanical, but when I accosted the one man wandering around the fabric store he looked horrified at the prospect of making it into a manly summer shirt.
So I spent another half hour weighing my options. Then I went back and had the fabric cut. It was a nice, drape-y weight, I thought the colours would suit, and though it was 100% cotton, it didn’t seem to wrinkle to madly when I crumpled a corner in my hand.
Then we had people over and things all weekend, celebrated a low-key father’s day by chilling at home and I got the shirt made by Tuesday.
I like this pattern a lot! It’s McCall’s M6613 — a unisex shirt pattern with an incredibly cheesy pattern photo:
Are those people even supposed to be in the same room? Why are they both looking halfheartedly off in different directions? Is this an homage to the eighties? How to otherwise explain the hair? Anyway, I don’t really choose patterns by the cover art anymore and this one has a lot of options. It promised to be fitted as well and since finding a vintage shirt for Al that isn’t too boxy is a major challenge, I thought this would work. I was delighted to find that the pattern itself has a whole section devoted to making alterations.
It came together quick-like and I’m happy with everything about it except the fact that I serged the side-seams and armholes. They’re fine. I know they’re fine, but I know that when I take this kind of short cut it bugs me forever after. I need to just acknowledge that, accept it, and make lapped or bound or frenched seams or something so I can really like the result.
Al likes it though! With exceptionally good grace, he posed for some shirt shots.
It’s exactly what I’d hoped to make — a shirt that’s good for cafes, and parks, and playing jazz (not shown, but you can bet that if I was making pattern cover art it sure as hell would be).
By the way, “The Lady Lunch” has a fisher price camera that Ralph is obsessed with. I had this one as a kid and the slide show “A Trip to the Zoo” brings back so many memories from being little.
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