I had always fancied making a man’s shirt and a year or so ago, I saw a lovely shirt being made by Kim, one of my sewing buddies. She pointed me in the direction of the Fairfield Shirt by Thread Theory, a Canadian indie company. The beauty of the Fairfield is that it has a variety of collars, cuffs, sleeve lengths and even patterns for the gentlemen who have a bit of a tum!
I bought at that time some beautiful pink linen and had a real desire to put some details on it such as facings and inside cuffs in Liberty Lawn. There it sat gazing at me for quite some while until I made a decision to just GET ON WITH IT! My task was made easier by the fact that despite the shirt pattern having some excellent instructions, there is also a “sew along” on Thread Theory”s blog with different pictures and advice.
I bought some proper shirt collar stiffening and set to. I did some samples of the sleeve placket to ensure that I had it right and I also played around with buttonholes on my machine.
So here is the finished garment. Photographed on a hanger as the owner is a little camera-shy but it fits beautifully and I am delighted with how the collar has turned out.
Hopefully I shall grab a photo or two of him in it on holiday!
Here is a photo of the placket and cuff.
And the inside.
Both fabrics came from my favourite supplier: Bloomsbury Square Fabrics
Would I make it again? I can’t wait. I love the need for accuracy and the range of different techniques that a shirt asks of you. A challenge but a really enjoyable one!