Wednesday, February 18, 2009

My Stripey Valentine

Better late than never - I didn't even get started on this until after dinner on the 14th, but this shirt apparently wanted to be made, and made quickly. The fabric was purchased back at PR Weekend 2006, in the hopes that someday he'd be willing to wear it. At that point, I had made him a pastel-striped shirt and was working on a plain black one. How far we've come.

I brought this out of the workroom last night and he got his first look at it, and he LOVED it.

My original thought on the buttons was black with hot pink buttonholes, but then I remembered I had some square white buttons from Pacific Trims, so those became my first choice (with black buttonholes; no need at that point for the extra shot of color). I offered him the option of black buttons or white, and he chose the white. Good man. Then I offered the choice of standard button placement or two-by-two as in the shirt pictured here that my clotheshorse friend Adam brought back from Paris. He went for two-by-two, so he's getting the shirt I wanted to make, without my having to say "this is how I want it to look."


Okay, so I said that. I just didn't have to say it out loud because he made the right choices.

You can't change a man, but you can (slowly, and with determination) change his taste.

16 comments:

luckylibbet said...

I LOVE that shirt! The two by two button placement is terrific, and totally complements the fabric. Wish my husband were so accommodating - but after 21 years, he's unlikely to change.

Rachel said...

I love that shirt. The fabric is gorgeous and I like the way you did the two button placement.

Nancy K said...

LOL. Yes, you can change his taste, but not the man. I should know. You shouldn't want to change him, just how he looks. It's a great shirt and I love the button placement. I think that my dh would go for that. If I actually made him shirts! Does your bf know how lucky he is? the fabric is really wonderful.

Meg said...

The shirts look fantastic, lucky hubby.

gwensews said...

Fantastic shirts!

kbenco said...

Fabulous shirt. Cool fellow. My beloved is a plain chambray blue shirt type, but he might allow two button placement - I will run it by him!

Lori said...

Fantastic shirt, he is a lucky man. Great job with the gentle suggestions!

Debbie Cook said...

FanTAStic shirt! You both have good taste. ;-)

Dawn said...

I love those buttons. They are just perfect for that shirt.

Elaray said...

Immediately before I read your post, I put plackets on the sleeves of a blouse I'm sewing. Did you use the method described in D. P. Coffin's Shirtmaking?

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Your sleeve plackets are freaking amazing. Love the shirt! (and I remember when you bought the fabric; looks great made up).

Kat said...

Wow! That is really a fab shirt!! The attention to detail and quality is impeccable.

Tracy said...

Love this shirt! I'd like to make this for my son, his birthday is in a few months. What pattern did you use.

Tany said...

Lucky husband!! The shirts look divine!

Connie Bontje said...

Awesome. I will NOT let my husband see the shirts you are making the boy! Love the 2 by 2 buttons.

Pamela Erny said...

Outstanding!

Pam ~Off The Cuff~