Are you currently digging your way out of your home every morning? Have your feet become curiously soft inside their snow boots? Have you forgotten what it’s like to not wear 6 inches of padding at all times?
Then you may want to shut your browser now, because this may trigger an episode, and I wouldn’t want to be held responsible.
OK, it’s not summer time in the frozen tundra, but just jump on a plane and a mere 9 hour trip (!) will get you to a place where it’s summer all year. My god, have I needed this.
When I got word a few months ago that my parents were going to be going to Barbados in March and I was going to be able to tag along, I did what any snowbound seamstress would do: start sewing summer clothes. What succour. And here, my dears, is the first summer outfit (oh yes, there are more): another McCall’s M6436 shirt.
For my sleeveless beauty (the first sleeveless button-down shirt I’ve ever owned, I think) I dove into my stash and came up for air clutching a gorgeous Robert Kaufmann chambray I bought ages ago at Grey’s Fabrics. Why have I not used this before?! It sews like an absolute dream. The seams totally disappear. If you’re a beginner and want to feel like you’re a master sewer, give this chambray a go.
After my first attempt at this shirt, I played around to try to get rid of the big honking dart… with limited success. Splitting it into two darts looked ridiculous. My attempt to radically shorten the dart didn’t make much difference, nor did curving the dart legs. To be honest, the dart still doesn’t look great (it’s deceptively OK in these photos), so I still have a way to go before I find the perfect shirt pattern for me.
McCall’s suggests just leaving the sleeves off to make it sleeveless, but that didn’t look great at all – I have broad shoulders and it exacerbated the linebacker look. So I ended up opening up the armscyes by making the shoulders about 1 inch narrower, and then taking a bit off all the way round, tapering to the side seam. I finished off the shirt with another stash item, Liberty bias binding, so it’s pretty inside and out.
My favourite bit, fit-wise, is the back: check that out!
Weirdo darts aside, it’s soft and breezy and perfect for Caribbean climes. Also, when summer finally comes in Boston (I’ve heard July 2016) it’ll get some action, but in the meantime I’m sure I’ll sling a cardi on top of it.
What thinks you on the sleeveless button-down shirt readers, yay or nay? I have to say I may be a convert, and I’m contemplating a slightly longer one in something floaty for all those summer days sipping drinks on the roof deck. A girl’s gotta dream.