McCall’s M6040

The Mr has just started University and so of course I made him a new ‘back to school’ shirt. I used the tried and tested McCall’s M6040 – I’ve lost count now how many times I’ve made this shirt pattern but it’s just right for him in size XL.

Luckily I’d just completed five projects using stashed or left over fabric, so was ‘allowed’ to buy new fabric. Though I’m not sure this should count as my new fabric as it isn’t for me. But anyway. I got this beautiful Atelier Brunette Sparkle Midnight Blue Cotton Lawn Fabric from guthrie&ghani and it was just lovely to sew with (though it wrinkles pretty fast when worn). Plus I had these wee shirt buttons in my stash from the textile garden.

This is a straight XL with no modifications bar one. Because they’re slightly smaller than usual and to avoid the awkward belly exposure he sometimes did, I rearranged the button spacing and allowed for one extra button. I also got myself a new toy (an expanding sewing gauge and my god do I love it) – it made this little change super easy to do.

I can pretty much make this shirt in my sleep now, so nothing much more to say, except I really took my time to baste and carefully edge stitch. As a result its probably one of the best shirts I’ve sewn. And the Mr looks pretty dashing in it too – ready for ‘school’.

I also finally got round to finishing two WIPs. I started these Fairfield shirts from Thread Theory early this year, using lovely stashed fabric the Mr had chosen over a year ago. I decided I’d make two at once, but forgot I hadn’t yet made this pattern for him. I made slow but wonderful progress and the quality of sewing was really super. I was expecially pleased with the button plackets which were practically perfect.

Then I realised they just bloody didn’t fit. To cut a long story short, I am simply baffeled. I have checked and rechecked measurements and the size I chose was correct for his measurements.  I don’t know what I did wrong or how to rectify it next time, so while I loved this pattern and made it twice for other menfolk in my life, I won’t be making it for the Mr again.

In the end, as they fit my friend’s BF, I am gifting them both to him (she’s going to do the buttonholes and buttons).



I’m counting these finished WIPs as 1 & 2 of 5 – using scraps, remnants and/or stashed fabrics, before purchasing anything new.

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