But he was nice enough to act satisfyingly surprised and delighted when he opened his present.
The fabric is Kaffe Fasset shot cotton, bought online from purlsoho.com, only the second time I've bought fabric in this way. Usually I prefer to feel the fabric myself with my own two hands to weigh up its suitability to the project I have in mind before purchasing. Actually "prefer" is too soft a word; I consider this a non-negotiable essential rule for buying fabric... But I'm familiar with Kaffe Fasset cotton, having come across it before in a local shop (Calico and Ivy), so I knew it would be a good choice for lightweight summer mens' shirts.
This fabric is a dream to work with, and as the word "shot" implies, has a bright cobalt blue warp combined with an intense acidic yellow weft, to give the fabric this deceptively subdued mossy green hue. I chose thread exactly matched to the yellow of the weft, for all the topstitching.
Same old same old Burda 7767 again, with his custom fitting modifications, plus two breast pockets with shaped flaps and a longer curved hem. Well, with the shorter sleeves as well obviously, and also I added a little decorative button detail to the sleeve hems for fun.
Very easy; here is a quick how-to...
Before sewing the sleeve and side seams, measure the desired length of sleeve from the top of the sleeve cap and mark with a pin
Turn back the seam allowance, right sides together and mark centre point. Also mark with pins points 1cm each side of centre point, and 1cm into the seam allowance, creating a little right-angled triangle on the sleeve edge.
Sew along the two short sides of this little triangle, trim and clip into the corners.
Turn the seam allowance to the inside of the sleeve, wrong sides together and press.
Now sew the sleeve and side seams as usual...
and turn up, press and sew the sleeve hem allowance as normal. I topstitched along the hem edge to help hold those little peaks in place.
And finally, sewed some smaller (4mm) buttons on the peaks. A side note; it took me ages to find the two different sized but matching buttons for this shirt... got these from Fabulous Fabrics. I used these smaller buttons for the collar button-down too. (Is there a correct term for that?)
Cute, no? I think this would look even cuter with an acute angle... haha.
See, I made a little joke.