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Completed Project: Simplicity 5366 – Men’s Shirt

January 8, 2013

Hola!  I am pleased to be able to share with you my first completed sewing project of 2013 – a shirt for my husband using Simplicity 5366:

Image courtesy of Pattern Review

What drew me to this pattern was the option to make a Western style shirt with a contrasting yoke, and despite cutting the contrast yoke, in the end I discarded it and made the plainest view of the pattern.  I used a very soft 100% cotton.

Simplicity 5366 - folded

You can’t tell on the pattern envelope, but the contrast yoke for the Western style shirt is actually sewn on top of the main body of the shirt, and is left open at the yoke bottom, and hangs over the pockets!  Those three ‘design features’ seem a bit stupid to me.  If and when I reuse this pattern, I will be altering it.  I will also need to make a size smaller for my super-trim husband.  Of course I chose the size that corresponded to his measurements but the style of the shirt is quite loose and he is used to wearing more tailored, fitted shirts.

Simplicity 5366 - cheesy grin!

I’ve made three Colette Negroni shirts for him before, and sewn a couple of pajama shirts too, all of which had a ‘camp collar’ – i.e. a one-piece collar without a collar band, which is usually worn open at the top (although the Negroni can be fastened at the top with a loop and button closure).  I HATED attaching these collars.  This shirt, however, is made with a traditional point collar, and I was surprised (and relieved) to find it so much easier to sew than a camp collar.  In future this is the way to go for me – I shall be avoiding camp collars wherever possible!

Simplicity 5366

The traditional collar also means that the shirt front has a button placket rather than a facing.  I found this preferable to sew and I prefer the look of it.  The thing I really didn’t bother with when making this shirt was matching up the fabric.  It was just too much effort, and I’m using the fact that I am 40 weeks pregnant as an excuse, because, well, that’s just an excuse for everything right now!



The perfect shirt for my husband would be a cross between the Negroni and Simplicity 5366.  The instructions for finishing the Negroni are wonderful – you end up with a nicely shaped, professionally-finished shirt with flat-fell seams.  I overlocked the shoulder seams and side seams of this shirt, which is fine, but not quite as pleasing on the eye.

I am a little disappointed with this shirt, to be honest, because it is such a loose fit.  Also I got my left and right mixed up and put the buttons and button holes on the wrong sides so it fastens ‘the woman’s way’ – whoops!  I might get round to remaking it, one day, in a smaller size with a contrast yoke, or I might search out a new pattern for next time.

A silly expression!  The shirt looks nice under a jumper!

A silly expression but the shirt looks nice under a jumper!

  1. James permalink
    January 8, 2013 10:12 am

    Thanks for my new shirt!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 8, 2013 5:50 pm

      You are very welcome xxx

  2. January 8, 2013 11:40 am

    It’s brilliant and I’m very impressed.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 8, 2013 5:54 pm

      Thanks! I enjoyed making it and learned some new things about making shirts, so it was a success in that respect even if I’m underwhelmed by the finished garment.

  3. January 8, 2013 12:16 pm

    You mean you weren’t drawn to the matching vests on the pattern?! Haha. I’m so impressed you are sewing at all right now. The shirt looks great. I like the way the placket it off. It looks intentional. Great job!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 8, 2013 5:57 pm

      Hahaha! Erm, no. Although it would be pretty funny! I’m currently 5 days overdue so to be honest sewing is just helping me to fill the time and keep positive!

  4. January 8, 2013 8:49 pm

    Super fancy shirt! It’s looking good and it it is rather snazzy under the cardi! I hope your tiny person gets their act together and arrives soon- though this pre-baby sewing streak is rather impressive!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 14, 2013 10:07 am

      Thanks Amanda! I had to fill the time somehow… 🙂

  5. January 9, 2013 10:03 pm

    I like what you’ve made. Sewing for men is a bit different but still a good way to learn new techniques. Your version is great.
    I hope all goes well for you with the baby to come.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 14, 2013 10:05 am

      Thank you so much. I’ve definitely picked up some broader sewing experience by sewing shirts!


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