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Next project: the shirt

The bare truth is that software engineers wear jeans and t-shirts. We even have a going joke among the team saying that if you're wearing a shirt you're changing job ladders from software engineer to project manager.

In fact, I've been wearing jeans and t-shirts all my life (so much so that my mom made several very direct remarks once I turned 22 or so). The only reason I'm interested in wearing anything else now is because I started sewing and I can make all these pretty things! Alas, there's no denying I have trouble feeling at ease in things other than jeans and t-shirts. If you need further proof of this - they're my goto items of clothing for any travelling.

I've come to accept that change, if it comes, will come slowly. As a result, I hereby declare I'll start sewing things that I will actually wear more than once a year: blouses, shirts, jackets. Maybe at some point jeans. Some skirts.

Since I'm already at ease with shirts, I've decided to start this process by making more of them. I currently own 3 shirts: one I love and it's the first thing I wear out of a new washing batch. Another one is ok but it's too short. And the third one is very fancy and needs cufflinks (20 pounds off amazon though, you can't beat that) - too fancy for wearing constantly truth be told.

I'll still make dresses, but I have decided to consider where I'll wear them before I start planning. For example, with all the bad weather lately, why make a summer dress? (Because I'm going to New York in 3 weeks, but shhhh).

I am giving myself 1 week (until next Friday!) to make a shirt. I have 1m of shirting fabric I bought in Bucharest - it's dark grey/violet striped. And I have McCalls 6035, which I got during a 50% off on the sew direct website (I chose it because it needs 1m of fabric!).

I'd like to make version A, possibly with the sleeve from version C. I love version A, but to me the office is a bit chilly (funny how no one else complains), so if I can fit the sleeves in the amount of fabric I have, I'm making them.

I really love the Asian-style collar, it's one of my favourite shirt designs!


  1. I have the same clothing 'issues' at work, I already feel overdressed the way I am and but when I compare my outfits to the ones I see on the me-made-may group, I feel underdressed. A cruel dilemma!
    I'm looking forward to seeing how this shirt turns out, the pattern looks promising with the princess seams.

    1. I didn't realize it had princess seams when I bought it. I got it because it needs 1 yard and it has very good reviews. I do wonder how I will match my striped fabric on the princess seams :(


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