The design for this shirt came from my husband seeing an inspiration shirt in a mall store. He thought it was the coolest shirt! Now mind you, my hubby is not one for shopping for himself nor remembering titles, brands or any of the important things necessary to research and find what you need. He also is one that needs a while to "think about" a purchase and usually misses out because it's no longer available when he finally makes a decision. Needless to say, that's exactly what happened to him in this situation! We had gone back to the store where he saw it and of course he could no longer find the shirt (even with the assistance of a store clerk). Then I searched online for a faux leather black shirt like the one he'd seen with no luck at all. There were so many out there, but none like the one he described, I felt bad for him because now he seemed to really want the shirt. I swear the more we could not find it, the more he wanted it! (This is probably his "passive" way of trying to get me to make it, you think?). We decided it was a loss for him and he agreed the next time he saw something he liked, he would buy it...he could always take it back if he decided he didn't want it for pete's sake!
Of course, you know I pulled out my trusty tools and went to work! (Sewing machine, serger etc., LOL!!). First, I had this beautiful fabric I had purchased from Pennie Fabrics about 2 years ago...sorry I don't remember the fabric content. However, it feels like an extremely soft medium weight rayon with a slight stretch and beautiful drape (feels like a lightweight lambskin leather!) This could be used as a contrast fabric because what makes it so unique is the Leather look...
I remembered when I first saw it in the fabric store I wanted to make a two-piece dress for myself or some cool "leather look leggings!" So I decided to be "selfless" and use it for the hubby. (Does he know how lucky he is...YES!!). Fabric for the remainder of the shirt is a very nice Kaufman Cambridge lawn cotton purchased from Fabric.com.
Ok, enough of the "novel"!...I bet you want to get to the good stuff, right? LMBO!! I made a few changes to the pattern:
First, I extended the back yoke approximately 3" towards the front to make more of a contrast with the leather look fabric...that worked beautifully!
I added a "placket" opening at the cuff (this pattern does not include it). Also, the hubby had mentioned black snaps...I found these cool Black flat matte ones on Amazon here). I love shopping online, you can find just about anything! I combined a snap and button on the cuff, snaps on remainder of the shirt...
The hubby was a very "Happy Camper" when I showed it to him after he got home from work Friday night!
This was a fun shirt to make and because it started with his TNT pattern, it made for a quick sew! Do you have a TNT pattern you use for your loved ones?
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