So Me-Made-May has brought a lot of joy into my life, including this shirt, view C of New Look 6266! I made this way back in 2014-ish time, and enjoyed it, but never loved it. Well, thanks to my personal challenge (wear at least 1 handmade item every day throughout May) I started reaching for this shirt. And I love it.
It’s such a good fit. Dream fit, really, as it’s loose but also fitted in all the right spots. The fabric is divine and it looks great underneath a jumper, cardigan, or on its own. A really useful item of clothing. Despite not normally wearing white, the off-white tones actually suit me (I think) and the dark back stops me being too precious about it.
The shirt came into being after my sister bought a metre of this divine linen for my birthday, probably in 2014. I loved the fabric but was flummoxed as to what to make with that 1m. I knew I wanted to make a shirt and then someone (I think it was my mum, great idea, mum!) suggested that I add a different linen to it as well. I hummed and hawed about that idea for a wee while until I realised that it was the only real option – the linen fabric was expensive and I wasn’t on much of a wage then so couldn’t splash out.
So by adding a navy linen which perfectly matches the navy squares on the original, I have made a beautiful item of clothing! Yes, the collar is slightly wonky and the top button is very wonky, but I actually am very pleased with my efforts. The only thing I regret is not changing to dark thread to finish the French seams at the back yoke. All other seams that has half dark / half light fabrics I had the light and dark thread in the appropriate part of the machine, but for some reason I got lazy at the back yoke. Which is strange as I really did take my time with this make and very neatly French seamed and bias bound everything else!
Ocht weel, a wee reminder to not get momentarily lazy. Luckily it’s only visible on the inside and only me that will ever know 🙂
At the time I was really pleased with it, but in the intervening years I started to tell myself that I wasn’t really a shirt wearer, but this Me-Made-May, my first(!), has really changed my mind about that and I am now reconsidering the role shirts could play in my wardrobe and life. Cropped Kalle shirt next, perhaps? And I also have the Archer shirt in my pattern library so that may be a good long sleeved option!
But for now I am enjoying welcoming New Look 6266 back into my life.