I made another Ethan Shirt by Sis Boom patterns. It was wonderful! Actually, I made this shirt side by side with the black denim jacket Ethan Shirt flip I made, but it was still wonderful!
If you make the Ethan Shirt, people will never believe you actually made the awesome shirt your child is wearing! It’s really that tailored. A while back, the males in our family challenged us to learn how to sew men’s clothing. The really good, tailored stuff they like to wear. Well…we’ve sort of been hesitant about doing that because men’s clothing is hard, and not as interesting or fun as women’s.
But now that I’ve sewn up an Ethan Shirt, I’ve started noticing the way mens’ shirts are constructed and actually thinking, “Hey, I could do that! I did that when I sewed the Ethan Shirt!”
I decided to sew up the first tailored shirt for a male for my son, Thomas. He has the enviable trait of managing to look really sophisticated in anything he wears. Even those hole-y jeans and ripped up t-shirts he’s so fond of! So I knew that when I made him an Ethan Shirt it would look great by default! (Believe me, the Ethan shirt would look good on anyone, even if they aren’t amazingly suave and debonair like Thomas!!)
In sewing them side by side, I would first sew the instructed step on Thomas’ shirt, then sew it on Aria’s denim jacket. That way I could sort of test out the instructions. I used a seersucker fabric from our stash for Thomas’ shirt.
I made all the hard options on his shirt, just so I could experience them! Button placket, collar and collar stand, cuffs, cuff placket, back yoke, and pleats. And they all turned out beautifully!
The only thing I did differently from the instructions was add buttons and button holes to the collar for a button down collar. (Well, and there was the accidental way I sewed the button placket and pocket on the wrong side and didn’t realize it until Thomas put the shirt on to test the fit and he couldn’t figure out how to button it! Ooops! But that wasn’t on purpose, or the pattern’s fault!)
You can probably tell by all the exclamations in this post that I’m very happy with the Ethan Shirt! So happy that I decided to use the Ethan Shirt pattern pieces to flip one more time, into a vest. I’ll be showing you later exactly how I did that in a tutorial. Why a vest if the Ethan shirt is already dressy? To meet the current Project Run & Play challenge: 80s cartoon inspired. Our cartoon inspiration was Richie Rich.
Growing up without a television, I just had Richie Rich comic books for entertainment, so when I made the outfit for Thomas, I made him a red bow tie since that was what Richie Rich always wore. Then I googled the Richie Rich cartoon and he had on a blue bow tie. Oh well, the challenge was specifically not supposed to be a costume, just inspiration!
Richie Rich was always very well dressed, but the shorts (in the comics anyway) still gave him a little boy appeal! Thomas is in the tween stage between little boy and teenage boy, and seeing him this well dressed gives me a glimpse into what he’ll look like as a man. (Very handsome~ says the modest mother!)
I am simply on pins and needles waiting to see all the 80s cartoon inspired clothing over at Project Run & Play. What was your favorite 80s cartoon? How would you interpret that into fashion? We’re also linking up to Sew Many Books. A comic book is a book, right?