Kwik-Sew 2935

This week I have been feverishly working on a couple of shirts for Bryan for Christmas. Naturally, I procrastinated as I always do but I finally finished (except for sewing on the buttons) about an hour ago. The first one – and my favorite – is a salt and pepper linen. Notice Pam’s cigar pocket which is a really lovely touch when using a simple fabric. Now if I could just take flat photos as nicely as Pam does – mine always look so wonky.


The 2nd is a cotton batik. I’m a little nervous about this one because he doesn’t usually wear a wild print but he said he wanted Tommy Bahama-style so that’s what he’s getting. πŸ™‚ Notice that I didn’t match the pattern across the center front as I always do. I just couldn’t make it work with this print as it’s too irregular.


Tomorrow I will sew the buttons on. The linen will get charcoal mother of pearl from my stash and the batik will get coconut. Thank you again, Gail, for sending them to me! I had misplaced them last year and found them just in time.

I bought 150 coconut buttons on Ebay today. That’s what TB uses on all of their shirts, isn’t that convenient? It’s getting near impossible to find good-quality MOP buttons and I don’t want to dye them every time so I’m going with coconut from here on out. They are two-hole (I would have preferred 4-hole) but I guarantee Jess and Bryan will never notice and, if they do, will not care.

Greetings of the Season from Ricki Ricardo. Bryan bought this little kitty Santa hat for Winnie Pooh but Ricki was the only one who would wear it. She’s one of those cats who will sit still for anything so this isn’t the first time she’s been dressed up. Last month he put her in a little Santa suit. Silly, silly man.



Filed under Fabric, Kitties, Kwik-Sew

15 responses to “Kwik-Sew 2935

  1. Summerset

    The shirts are excellent – I’m sure they will be enjoyed. The cat is too funny, none of ours would endure, or even enjoy such a thing.

  2. Gorgeous shirts, Gigi !
    Happy Holidays πŸ˜‰

  3. Cidell

    Love the cigar pocket!

  4. Gail

    Love the shirts . . . And what a nice surprise Gigi! You are very welcome for those buttons. You can say they came on the way from Lihue, Kauai πŸ™‚ And thank you again for the advice on industrials for my new job–we had the repair person out for tune-ups before attempting 600 jackets out of microfiber by next week, the sewers are changing needles daily now (and they actually think it’s a good idea…sold my boss on 17 cents on a $100 shirt makes good sense).

  5. oh your shirts look GREAT! well done.
    Ricki Ricardo is dapper!

  6. Great shirts and even greater cat! Merry Christmas!

  7. Theresa in Tucson

    Ooh, great tip on the microfiber. Love the shirts. Isn’t it funny about matching, once you learn how to do it, it just doesn’t seem right not to. Happy Christmas.

  8. Great looking shirts!

    Merry Christmas!

  9. Terrific shirts! And nice sewing.

  10. Oooooh, love the kitty photo! I could just pet her from here.

  11. Tina J

    I love the shirts-what pattern do you like the most to make mens shirts? I love both of the shirts and hope the special man in your life loves them too.

    Thanks for sharing-as always you do great work!


  12. Heather

    Happy New Year when it comes Gigi!
    Are you saying that MOP buttons can be dyed? Could you please tell me what dye to use? I have a ton of MOP buttons won over the past year or so on Ebay. It would be wonderful if I could just put them in fabric dye to match the fabric I am using.
    Guten Rutsch!

  13. Paris

    I’m going to start making mens shirts in secret… no one tell my husband, then he would want me to make them all the time!!