Bat Shirt Man and Blue Chambray Man

This mini-post is about the only two men’s shirts I’ve sewn, like ever; and these two fellows are the lucky recipients. Bat Shirt-001


The guy with the bats on his shirt is my nephew and the fellow in the blue chambray is my son-in-law.  Blue Chambray Man photographed Bat Shirt Man because Blue Chambray Man is a professional photographer.  Do you live in Southern California and need some serious photography done?  Hire Brian Campbell! His website displays high levels of Brian’s skill and expertise.  I’ve shared this family photo (below) before in this previous post, but can’t stop looking at it. How do you interpret the layout? Does it look like a promo for our own family TV show?


About the shirts: The bat print is my second attempt at making a men’s shirt, and I used Simplicity 1544, View A. Simplicity Pattern 1544 Men's Shirt with Fabric Variations

Bat Shirt-006It looks dapper!  Ideal for my nephew Adil to wear on Halloween – he’s lucky he can wear conversational prints to work!  And… good news:  Mood Fabrics is selling shirting fabrics in funky, conversational prints.  I think I’m on a men’s shirt roll, which is a good thing because there’s a line of men in my family waiting for their custom made shirts. Game on.

Have a Happy Halloween, friends….



6 thoughts on “Bat Shirt Man and Blue Chambray Man

  1. Yes I remember Brian’s shirt and the photo- beautiful! The bat shirt is wonderful! You have sewn both shirts beautifully!
    I still haven’t attempted to make my son in law a shirt. I am going to start with a vest first. Since my daughter wears a lot of African Dutch Wax prints I want to make him a vest to match!
    I do sew for my very thin/tall 14 year old (youngest) son. But its much easier than men’s sewing! ;o)

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    1. Actually, the only fiddly part in sewing men’s shirts is the collar and cuffs. There are very little fitting issues, and if there are, they can be very easily solved. I would encourage you to try one shirt.


  2. That pattern is very straightforward and my go-to model. I have made a lot of shirts for my men (and my sister) and my boss. It’s my calling card, I guess, even though my buttonholes STILL STINK. I’m negotiating with a dry cleaner that has a buttonhole machine. I’d be very happy to learn how to use it for them, if I could use it for ME

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  3. Wow! Made one for your boss, too! I want to put a couple of questions to you:
    1. What do you use for interfacing the collar, cuffs and front band? I used the recommended “shirt” fusible and find it too stiff.
    2. How far back on the collar band do you end the collar front? I find that the collar overlaps unattractively when the button is closed on the band – if I follow the markings exactly. I beleieve they recommend aligning the collar fronts with the center front line. Any tips?


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