BBQ shirt for DH

I think DH has been waiting for a shirt from me for a while now. He never asks for anything custom made, I find shirts with a missing button appear in my sewing room from time to time, or a tie that needs mending, but he never asks for new clothes. His eyes sparkled when he saw the fabric I chose for his shirt because he loves to travel, he loves to plan travel and is always ready to do a BBQ.

So I then chose an easy shirt style (Simplicity 5581) that I know DH would wear. Sewsewboy on PR has done many of these shirts in some amazing prints.

I did buy extra fabric to see if I could match the patterns but this didn’t happen. The patch pocket was not going to work so I ended up opting to put a welt pocket onto this shirt.

The main pattern adjustment was shirt length and as I’ve now seen this pattern is quiet full so next shirt will be small and not medium. Sewsewboy mentioned this in his pattern review.

As my friend Alison (Goosegreen) knows, it’s very difficult to match aqua fabric let alone get the matching thread. She kindly gave me the aqua linen piece I needed for this pocket. The aqua welt stands out and DH loves it. I’ve reinforced this pocket throughout construction and also finished the pocket edges with a single fold and tight zigzag stitching. Using Sandra Betzina’s Power Sewing book and having Angie Zimmerman’s guidance at her Sydney workshop helped me get this pocket detail right.

White thread and covered buttons are this shirt’s finishing details. I’ve also used armoweft for the interfacing and flat felled seams because this shirt will need as much reinforcing as possible because it’s a bloke’s shirt. DH asked for wooden buttons that I’ll now start looking for.

At some point, I’ll attempt the shorts when I do some more research on sewing for men. What have I created? I think DH loves this shirt.
I’ll also add single welt pockets to the Minoru jacket that I’ve finally cut out after 10 hours of muslim and adjusting the sleeves and collar fit. It’s been ages since I’ve done welt pockets so like fly fronts, the more you do, the easier the result.


  1. Great shirt and DH looks very happy, when did that grub appear?

    You can always add some darts in the back of the shirt, my DH has a shirt with these and it slims down the fit quite well and the best bit he wears it all the time. I just need to find a pattern now to make him some shirts (or do I want to go there).


  2. Your husband looks adorably handsome in this cool looking shirt! He looks so happy! I remember this pattern. It is still one of my favorite patterns for mens' shirts. Thanks for the inspiration!


  3. Great looking shirt and the fabric is so fun!

    I think I have this pattern floating around somewhere, but I just bought a Jalie men's shirt pattern and will probably try that one first.


  4. What a cool shirt. He looks great in it. The welt pocket is an excellent addition.
    I am so impressed that your husband will actually appear in the photograph with the shirt – my husband thinks this is torture.


  5. Your DH looks so pleased with his new shirt, and well he should be. It is so unique and eye-catching. I love how it is a subtle color overall, but has that pop of aqua. Very cool!


  6. That is a great shirt for a BBQ. Men's casual shirts are an opportunity to use a fun novelty print that represents “our guy”. I am so inspired by your and Karen's shirts that I am actually thinking about making one for my DH.


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