Monday, October 29, 2012

Okay, sure. Wait... What?

When I was a kid, if a guy got killed in a western movie, 
I always wondered who got his horse.
~ George Carlin

I'm not exactly sure how it happened, but somehow, last June when we were in Mexico, I found myself agreeing to make Ana's nephew, Luis, a Hawaiian shirt.  

I think it started when I was proudly bragging about Ana's sewing skills to her family - but I'm fuzzy on the steps that led from here to me picking up another project...  

Anyways, I got right on the first bit of the project - helping him pick out the fabric.  He went for a western theme with herds of running, wild horses.  

The actual sewing part, however, languished in my sewing room for months.  Until this weekend.  With my trip to visit Ana right around the corner, this quick project took on a bit of urgency.  

I used a TNT (tried 'n true) pattern that is very simple.  Only 5 pattern pieces, including the pocket!  It's a great pattern for beginners - but now that I can do this one in my sleep, I probably should move up to one that is a bit more sophisticated - you know, maybe with a yoke and two piece collar...  

As usual, one fun bit is deciding how to handle the pocket.  

This time, I tried to match the image on the fabric underneath.  

In order to make it a bit special, I used french seams:  

It's finished except for the buttons and buttonholes - I need to make a quick run (ha!) to Joann's to find the perfect buttons.  

Fingers crossed that he likes it!  :)


  1. Of course a little boy would love a "horsey shirt". You did a good job on this one, Gwen. Next up?

    1. Good question, Gwen... I've still got to finish up the hem on the raincoat (pictures on Wednesday). After that - I'm about 9 months behind on making some doll houses - those really should be my next project. How about you? How is your trench coat coming along?

  2. I make up excuses to go to JA's, too!

    1. Hi Mary! It's not hard to do, is it? ;)