It’s not often that I sew something for my man. I buy patterns, make plans, and for some reason rarely follow through! Well, I bought this McCalls 2887 from the thrift store several months ago and thought it was finally time to sew it up! I had bought this Anna Maria Horner loominous fabric (from imagine gnats but it’s no longer in stock there) with a button down shirt in mind for Josh and was so happy to cut into it!
I’m guessing this pattern is from the 80s based on the cover photo. It comes with only one size in the envelope. The thrift store had two sizes, 42 and 40, so I bought them both. I used the size 42 for Josh and need to make a few changes to get the fit a little better next time.
I decided to go ahead and sew two of these shirts at the same time. I sewed this one you see here, and a solid blue lawn shirt you can see on the imagine gnats blog today. Sewing two button downs at the same time, I’ve learned, doesn’t add too much work and you end up with twice as many shirts in the end!
Okay, so pattern details. I go into some info about the back yoke over on the imagine gnats blog and the funny pattern piece that came in the envelope. I also talked over there a bit about the sleeves. I need to modify the sleeves next time (and they bug me enough that I’m going to seam rip and re set them) but I think they are just big! They are wide (girth wise) and the sleeve cap didn’t fit into the armscye well.
I also think I need to widen the back at the shoulders. I did need to change the seam allowance when sewing to avoid pulling at the chest. The pattern calls for a 5/8 inch seam allowance. I went down to a 3/8 inch seam allowance at the chest, and transitioned back out to 5/8 at the waist.
Overall, though, it’s a great basic pattern. I can’t wait to try and make these few modifications next time to help get a perfect fit! And don’t tell Josh, but I actually really enjoyed sewing for him! I see many more projects for my man in the future!
Pattern: Vintage McCalls 2887
Fabric: Anna Maria Horner Loominous
Modifications: added a real back yoke instead of the faux yoke, added a back pleat
Next time: widen shoulders and chest, modify sleeve pattern to make narrower and have better fit in armscye
Also check out the other button down I made over at imagine gnats today!