Hawaiian Classic Shirt #2

Time to start a new shirt. I purchased the Hawaiian Classics
220 shirt pattern from the Victoria Jones Collection. This is my first ‘non-beginner’
pattern. The instructions are great, and the construction is pretty
straight forward. I did end up making several learning mistakes on the
muslin, but the real shirt is going great. That’s the whole point, in my
opinion, of the muslin. Yes, check fit and adjust, of course, but I also
find it a great learning experience figuring out the nuances of the

Listen to me…I sound like an old hat, when in reality this is my
second major project.

I found a great all cotton pattern fabric for sale and purchased enough
yards for my first Hawaiian shirt.

This is also my first full project on the Singer 15-91. The first
project I did on my newer singer because I thought I was having issues
with thread tension. Turns out it was just crappy fabric. Not the shirt
fabric, the fabric I used to make `the first
shirt <{filename}/blog/learning-to-sew.rst>`__ is great, but the
fabric I was using to do a muslin wasn’t muslin. I thought I’d be clever
and try using a poly blend. Huge mistake! It bunches and puckers,
doesn’t press well, and just feels like plastic. I wont make that
mistake again.

I purchased a great wooden case for my 1952 Singer 15-91 sewing machine.
I purchased the case from a a seller on
eBay.  It’s perfect. Very nice construction, nice small details, and great fit.
Very happy about it.

Pattern Matching: Nope. Not a skill I have yet.

book cover

Speaking of learning, I’m reading David Coffin’s book, “Shirtmaking: Developing Skills For Fine Sewing”

I purchased the kindle version and am reading it mostly on my iPad. The
iPad shows the color photo’s well. I have a nice paperwhite kindle
reader, and it’s great for text, but in this case, I want to see the
color images.

I managed to finish the shirt and am really please with how it turned
out. I didn’t get the front hems even, but I will need to take the shirt
in before too long and I’ll even up the fronts when I do that. 🙂 I’m
happy with how the weight loss is going…also part of my 10 year plan.
I’ve lost weight before, but this time I’m in charge of my diet and my
exercise. I feel much more confident that the changes I’m making will be
long lived.

For the buttons, I used some buttons off of an old Navy uniform. Notice
the anchors in the close-up.


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