Kwik sew 3586 and mccalls 6613: diy womens silk blend and mens cotton checked shirts

Kwik Sew 3586 oversized silk blend shirt worn with Butterick 6631 white jeans

Hi Readers,

I have been on a shirt making kick. Shirt making is a great way to improve your precision sewing! And it is something you only get better with, with practice. Over the years I have accumulated my own tried and true methods for shirt making, so I rarely follow pattern instructions, preferring to flat fell or french seam seams, and use the burrito method to attach the yoke and encase the shoulder seams, for example. So satisfying. Today I am sharing two new shirts, both using fabrics from Fabworks, and both using patterns I have made before.

First up, I said I loved my first version of Kwik Sew 3586 made in white cotton, and here is my second version. This time I made it in a very drapey silk blend crepe de chine in a midnight navy. It is so dark I actually used black thread to sew it.

Kwik Sew 3586 oversized silk blend shirt worn with Butterick 6631 white jeans

Such a classic piece that feels wonderful to wear and goes with lots of pieces in my wardrobe. The only changes I made to this second version were:

  • I raised the armholes up by 1 inch for better range of arm movement, and that seems to have worked
  • I french seamed the sleeves and sides
  • I did a continuous lapped placket rather than a tower placket

Nothing much else to say about this shirt. I have another 2 metre cut of this silk blend in my stash in a pink colour and I am very tempted to make another version!

Kwik Sew 3586 oversized silk blend shirt worn with Butterick 6631 white jeans

I also made a new shirt for Philip’s birthday (which happens to be today!) I used this cotton check shirting from Fabworks, and it is a beautiful cloth. Strong yet soft and very high quality. I used his tried and true shirt pattern to make this; McCalls 6613 which I have made at least 5 or 6 times now. Not much to say about this make either!

McCalls 6613 mens checked cotton short sleeved shirt
McCalls 6613 mens checked cotton short sleeved shirt
McCalls 6613 mens checked cotton short sleeved shirt

See you all soon!

Kwik Sew 3586 oversized silk blend shirt worn with Butterick 6631 white jeans

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

9 thoughts on “Kwik sew 3586 and mccalls 6613: diy womens silk blend and mens cotton checked shirts

  1. The silk blouse is beautiful and a perfect fit! I love that smooth, slinky silk. Marvelous!

    Your husband’s shirt looks great! Happy Birthday to him!!

  2. Happy Birthday to Philip, and congratulations on two beautifully made shirts! Am not much of a shirt maker currently, but do appreciate and enjoy seeing the makes of those who are!

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