Monday, February 6, 2017

African Shirt For My Hubby


I finally made something for my husband, yay me! I was very scared to try sewing menswear but my husband has been wanting an African shirt for a while. I didn't have a pattern so I used one of his shirts to cut the fabric. This is something I learned from Myra's blog - you simply lay the garment of your choice and cut around it, adding seam allowance of course. I used one of his favorite polo shirts and the process went so well. I actually liked it much better than using a pattern. For the sleeves I used an old shirt that he no longer wears, and I actually cut them out and laid them on the fabric. 

Sorry I didn't take more pics. The fabric is from JoAnn [Ethnic African Kente fabric]. I saw it online and it was only available in one store near me. It was definitely worth the drive because it sewed really easily and ironed very well. It made the whole project go quickly. I'm planning on making another one soon; he actually would like several versions for the summer. Anyway, next week we're celebrating our 10 year anniversary; I can't believe how time flies!

I hope you all have a wonderful week. Happy Sewing!

26 comments:

  1. Really nice and the fit is exact.

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    1. Thanks Faye. I was concerned about getting the right fit. I'm glad it turned out well.

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  2. Your husband's shirt looks wonderful! You did a great job using one of his shirts to draft/sew it. Happy early 10 year anniversary to you both! I pray you experience more decades of loveliness together.

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  3. Olivia, you did a beautiful job your hubby's shirt! It's hard to believe this is your first clone of a RTW! I bet the hubby is very happy with this awesome shirt too! You two are such a lovely couple! Thanks for the shout out on my blog and I am so happy you found a technique you could use (and I might say you used very well too!) Great job!

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    1. He's really happy with the shirt. I can't wait to make another one. Thanks to you for all the wonderful techniques you share on your blog. Very helpful!

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  4. Awesome. I love them both Olivia. I have to make something for mysel for Church on Sunday in African Attire. You just gave me the inspiration I need. Thanks.

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    1. You're very welcome. I look forward to seeing what you make.

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  5. The shirt turned out great and congrats on 10 years together. I wish you many more happy years together.

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  6. Happy upcoming Anniversary.. Oh my.. the time does fly, doesn't it?

    The 2 of you look so cute together.. Love the shirt [and your outfit too]. I had a men's pattern
    just like that shirt , years ago.. My husband was an Ambulance driver [EMT] and then became an RN.
    I used that pattern for his white shirts that he was required to wear back them.. He loved them, said
    they were so comfortable.
    Happy sewing.

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    1. Thank you, Judy. I really love the pattern. I think I'm just going to continue using the polo shirt vs buying a pattern. It made it much easier. And you're right - it really is comfortable.

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  7. Happy Anniversary, and wishing you many more.
    The shirt is perfect - it looks like a traditional style, which works nicely with the fabric. Easy and comfortable to wear. I do like the African (or to my eye, African) prints. They suit you both nicely.

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    1. Thanks a lot, Sarah. I like African prints, too. Although, sometimes they don't seem quite suitable during winter.

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  8. Gee, I really like his shirt and your ensemble. I look forward to seeing more of both. :-)

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  9. Thank you so much. The dress is also me-made.

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  10. Amazing! I love both, especially your fabric choice was great! They look fab on you. Well done.

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  11. You have made a perfect t-shirt for your husband. Well done! Love the fabric too. Wishing both of you many more happy years together, Happy Anniversary! <3

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    1. Thank you so much Hana for the well wishes.

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  12. Your husband's shirt looks fantastic! and your outfits look just fabulous together too. Wishing you both a very happy anniversary for next week. You are a very handsome couple :) xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Carolyn. I was very pleased with how the shirt turned out. Definitely a great start. Thanks for your lovely comment.

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  13. Ummm, you shouldn't have been scared because it is amazing!! You both look so sweet.

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  14. Happy Anniversary! Now that you've made his first shirt, you're on the way to experimenting making other items. Keep having fun. I can't wait to get back to sewing for myself.

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