Hehe, I realise only Aussies are going to get that reference. My daughter suggested the name at first sight, and the similarities had up until that moment escaped me. But mean wife that I am, I informed my husband that he still has to wear his new shirt, nonetheless...
To explain; Bananas in Pyjamas is a favourite Australian children's television show, starring (of course) B1 and B2. My kids all adored this show as littlies...
As the Bananas are always "coming down the stairs" I just had to make my husband come down the stairs for this photo...!
Prior to my daughter's brilliant observations, I was pretty pleased with this latest addition to my husband's wardrobe. Oh, OK, I still am pretty pleased... particularly with the buttonholes. They are on the diagonal!! Cool, no? I had seen a shirt in a very expensive menswear store with diagonally placed buttonholes, and decided they looked pretty interesting; a tiny little twist on an otherwise standard shirt, so I decided to incorporate this feature in the shirt. And I do like to experiment with different effects, even in something as basic and potentially unexciting to the home seamstress as a men's casual shirt.
To draw attention to this feature I also placed the buttonholes in pairs, and used bright contrasting buttons. Well, they deserve to be noticed, right?! My husband had put in his boring request for white or navy buttons, but has conceded now that the yellow buttons are a bit more fun and casual. And definitely more interesting.
I had also used contrasting fabric for the collar and cuff lining, a feature I'd seen on other shirts in the same expensive store, and had decided the yellow buttons were sort of necessary to tie in somehow with the yellow fabric I'd used here. I just felt the shirt needed a little zing to it, as the fabric was so... conventional. I had bought the striped fabric about a year ago always with the intention of making a men's shirt, but had not got around to it. I think now I just felt uninspired with the prospect of a kinda blah end result, but with the slightly off-kilter extra details I'm now very happy with it and don't feel it is at all boring!
And yes, my husband likes it too!
Shirt; Burda 7767 with the usual custom fittings, navy and white striped cotton