Mr Sewaholic’s Shirt: Making the Muslin

Wow, it’s November next week! I’m starting to realize that perhaps you guys were right, and trying to make a bunch of Christmas presents is overly ambitious. Maybe it’s true, or maybe I will manage to squeeze some in, but one thing’s for sure – I have to make time to sew Mr Sewaholic’s shirt!

So, I better get started! To make Mr Sewaholic’s shirt muslin, I picked up a couple of metres of gingham. The Shirtmaking book from the library recommends using gingham as muslin fabric so you can easily see the grainlines and the hang of the shirt, which seems very logical!

Gingham is cheap, too! It was $3.98/metre for 60″ wide gingham. (If you go to Fabricana, here’s a tip: check the prices on the different colours and check sizes. The red check was more expensive for some reason, so I picked up the blue.)

I’m sure I don’t have to pre-wash the gingham, but out of habit I already threw it in the washer. It will be softer though, and more similar to the finished shirt fabric – which I still haven’t picked out yet!

Mr Sewaholic is going to join me at the fabric store one night and we’ll pick it out together. (How much fun is that going to be?) I’ll be sure to share how it goes!

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11 Responses to Mr Sewaholic’s Shirt: Making the Muslin

  1. AmyG October 25, 2010 at 7:46 am #

    I have been sewing my husband’s shirts for the last 15 years. He is 6’4″ and all his height is in his torso and has 36″ sleeve – try finding that on a store shelf. Deciding on what interfacing to use in the cuffs and collar is a must – Shirt Tailor by Pellon is one I use and I have even used muslin that was shrunk and ironed for a soft collar. The book Shirt Making by David Coffin is a must to read. Another helpful notion is a SimFlex button spacer. Nancy Zieman’s Express one piece collar is also another great shortcut to make sure the collar points are perfect. I add contrasting fabric to the inside of the cuffs and the inside collar band for some fun.

  2. Nancy October 25, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    Ah, man in a fabric store. Enjoy that. I don’t know how your man is, but mine always somehow ends up with the 20$ yard fabric for his things if I let him pick it out himself. What can I say? Man has expensive tastes.

  3. Maureen October 25, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    I’ll be waiting to see how this turns out – my husband has been strongly suggesting that he’d like a shirt. I’m sure that even the muslin will be wonderful!

    Have fun in the fabric store with your guy. My younger son’s girlfriend told me she knew he was the guy for her when he voluntarily accompanied her to the fabric store and then found the perfect fabric for her new dress!

  4. Shannon October 25, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    What a great idea with using gingham. Good luck on the shirt, and I think it’s a perfect “date” to go pick out the final fabric together. Have fun with it.

  5. Tanit-Isis October 25, 2010 at 5:04 pm #

    Oh, have fun! I made my hubby a couple of shirts last summer, and I’m sure I’ll do it again. The hardest part was getting him to try them on for fittings! That and model it so I could take pictures for the blog (and what’s the point of sewing if you can’t post it on your blog, I ask you?)

    It was fun, though. I really must try a more “regular” pattern—the one I picked was very *him* but very not your typical shirt.


  6. ~Sherry~ October 26, 2010 at 1:17 am #

    I love sewing shirts – have fun sewing your guy’s!
    Gingham is extra handy when you are toiling trousers too, although I usually just draw on the calico!

  7. Funnygrrl October 26, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    Can’t wait to see the progress. I want to sew a shirt for my hubby but will probably have to buy fabric online. I’m planning more of a western shirt but the muslin making should be similar to what you’re doing.

  8. JANA October 26, 2010 at 11:12 pm #

    Have you seen crafty christmas club yet? It’s a brand new blog!

  9. Tasia October 27, 2010 at 5:22 am #

    @AmyG: Thanks Amy! I have the shirtmaking book out from the library right now, it’s been really helpful so far! Totally want one of those button-spacer gadgets too. Thanks for the tips!

    @Nancy: Haha, go figure! I bet my guy will have expensive tastes too. Although, so do i! And it’s a gift so it seems OK to spend more on fabric, especially if he really likes it!

    @Maureen: Oh wow- how funny! He’s never been to the fabric store with me yet.. so this will be interesting! Usually there are a bunch of guys waiting in cars in the parking lot, hoping their wifes/girlfriends/friends will hurry up :)

    @Shannon: Thanks! Dinner and a night at the fabric store, sounds like the perfect date to me too.

    @Tanit-Isis: I agree, what’s the point if he won’t model? All that work and no blog posts? Lucky for me, he’s already agreed (kind of) to model. It might be from the neck down but we might get a face-shot if things go really well. (I just checked out yours – you posted neck-down photos too! Men.. sigh!)

    @~Sherry~: Ah, good point! I kind of like the idea of gingham for muslin, in general! It doesn’t have the same natural rustic feel as muslin though which I kind of like.. and I’ll draw all over both!

    @Funnygrrl: I will keep you posted on the progress! And if you find any great men’s shirting online let me know :) although, we have a really nice selection at my local store.

    @JANA: Thanks Jana – I have seen it! I was thinking of joining but hadn’t got around to it yet.. looks like plenty of good ideas are being shared!

  10. bee November 2, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    Loved the detailed Twin Spruce posts! The gingham idea is great, but I’d point out to just make sure that you get a yarn-dyed gingham, and not a printed pattern — if it is a print there’s no guarantee that the rows and columns have any relation to the grain of the fabric.

    Am I totally making this up that I’ve seen gingham *prints* in the stores before? Maybe I’m just talking crazy talk.

  11. Tasia November 2, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

    Thanks Bee! I checked and it is definitely a yarn-dyed gingham, I can see the blue and white threads along the cut edges. I bet you’ve seen gingham prints before, sounds like something that might be out there! Oh and maybe that’s why some of them are cheaper-priced and some more expensive? Anyways, thanks for the tip, definitely something to consider when using gingham as muslin!