My Husband's 'Hawaiian' Wardrobe
May 12, 2013
I talk to a lot of people who sew clothing for women, but seem fearful of stitching menswear. Since my husband likes custom clothing almost as much as I do, it was only a matter of time before I started sewing for him. He loves Hawaiian-style shirts, and loves being able to pick out fabric for unique, one-of-a-kind shirts.
The hubs has some definite requirements in the cut of his shirts, and most retail versions do not pass muster. He likes the sleeves a little longer than they normally are cut. He likes the side hem slits to be shorter than most. But really, I think he just likes picking out fabric.
Through the years, I've made -- no joke -- dozens of shirts for him. Birthdays, Father's Day, special trips, holidays -- he usually knows he'll get at least a few new shirts each year.
Some of them are fairly standard Hawaiian fare:
But I make a lot out of licensed fabrics:
We are both big Star Wars fans, so there are a few shirts in his closet that feature a galaxy far, far away.
And Halloween always calls for something fun. My beloved grew up loving Peanuts comics, so when we spotted this fabric years ago, it was a done deal that it had to be a shirt.
When I started making these for my husband, I ended up creating a custom pattern to suit his taste by cobbling together pieces from several different patterns. We started with a muslin and then refined, and ended up with a pattern he loves so much that I can just pull it out at any time and whip out a new garment for him in just a few hours. Kwik Sew makes a great Hawaiian shirt pattern, as well as a novelty shirt pattern with multiple panels in the body, so you can really customize.
Do you have someone in your life that would love a custom shirt or two?
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