I finished an anniversary shirt for Doc over the weekend. The only problem? Our anniversary was back in April. I gave him the fabric as a gift then and thought I could get a short-sleeve shirt sewn up pretty quickly for him to wear all summer.

Then I discovered how to make pants and then I got a serger, so now–only seven months later–I finally got around to that summery shirt.

I was going to try to fit this a little more across the yoke, but it turns out I didn’t buy enough fabric to even INCLUDE a back yoke, so..next time. I also didn’t have enough fabric to do more than one pocket, because I discovered that if you don’t match the pattern on this weird plaid exactly, it can really give you a headache. The placket also didn’t get matched as well as I’d like and that’s the second thing I noticed when he put it on. (The first thing was how handsome he looked.)


  • Pattern is my trusty McCalls 6044, used every time (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Fabric is Anna Maria Horner’s Loominous line in “Checkered Past
  • Gift is 7 months late
  • Anniversary was number three
  • Doc is a graceful and grateful recipient of all handmade items