Dude sewing: Vogue 8800

Inspired by one of my muses, Sonja of Ginger Makes, I decided to make a shirt for my husband. He got lit up about the idea – even chose a piece of fabric from my stash. So there was no backing out. (I hope you don’t mind that I copied your terminology, Ginger, but it’s just perfect. Plus, imitation is the highest form of flattery and your blog is great!)

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The pattern is definitely weekend wear — the norm at least for our beach town. Not quite the thing for the corporate world he lives in on weekdays. The fabric is a voile by Vlisco. With the vibrant colors we expect from Vlisco, the voile is much softer and lighter than their wax print cottons. It has a drape that’s almost a shame to waste – I mean use – on a dude project. Light and sheer, it would have to be lined if it were a dress. Vlisco has a huge line of stunning voiles. Worn with a cami, they could be amazing tops for a dudette as well.

There’s a difference in attitude that comes with time away from work, isn’t there? And after 23 years, I can tell when it clicks in for him. Back in our entrepreneurial years it sometimes took a week of vacation before the stress started to drain away. A Tommy Bahama style shirt wouldn’t have helped much. These days, working in a healthy company with wonderfully supportive coworkers, his smiles come easier.

So every weekend I spend time with what I call “Vacation Roger.” Vacation Roger sometimes doesn’t shave. He might wear flip-flops. He laughs more readily. And he’s up for adventure. Floating in the ocean on a noodle? Sure! Antiquing in downtown St. Pete? Yeah! Greek lunch at a sponge diving town? Why not?! Fabric shopping in Tampa? Absolutely!

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So that’s the vibe this shirt represents. Dudes on vacation. For lazy days of coffee and sidewalk cafes, music and cosmos. It’s a simple design. I think I’d recommend the pattern though I do think Vogue could do a better job of describing how to do a french seam on an armhole. But check out the pattern matching down the front!!

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I just can’t say enough about Vlisco’s colors! I think the overlapping, offbeat circles and squares give it a retro-mod look. And hey, the buttonholes and topstitching came out quite well!

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Here’s a closer look at my pattern matching! This is not generally my strength, so I am taking a moment to celebrate a small victory. I forgot to add a pocket though, for sunglasses. Back to the sewing machine. Have you made something for the man in your life?


6 thoughts on “Dude sewing: Vogue 8800

  1. Oh my goodness – I am SO. IMPRESSED with that pattern matching! And I’m also totally impressed with the fabric. It’s beautiful. I’ve only made one shirt for hubby so far. Maybe I shouldn’t show him this.

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